May 11, 2011 

Tomorrow will be a milestone for Ward 5, as we celebrate the grand opening of the new Neon Boneyard Park! Please join me, Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and officials from the Neon Museum for the ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12. The new park is located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, at McWilliams Avenue, adjacent to the Neon Museum. In addition to the ribbon-cutting for the new park, we also will participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Neon Museum Visitor's Center. The historic La Concha Motel lobby that once graced the Strip next to the Riviera Hotel and Casino will serve as the visitor's center and entrance lobby to the Neon Boneyard. Construction is expected to begin in September and be completed by the spring of 2012.

The $2 million Neon Boneyard Park includes a covered family picnic shelter with benches, a display area for neon signs with a walking trail, a large open storage area for non-displayed neon signs, and parking. Funding for the park was provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. This act keeps money from Nevada federal land sales in the state for parks and trail projects. 

Decatur Boulevard To Close Overnight May 16-17 From U.S. 95 To Bonanza Road For Installation Of Pedestrian Bridge
Decking And Concrete Pouring To Cause Overnight Closures May 17-31

Decatur Boulevard will be closed in both directions to through traffic from the on- and off-ramps at U.S. 95 north to Bonanza Road from 9 p.m. Monday, May 16, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, while a pedestrian bridge is installed across Decatur near U.S. 95 (weather permitting). Access to U.S. 95 on-ramps will not be impeded. Motorists utilizing U.S. 95 off-ramps at Decatur will not be allowed to turn north on Decatur. Motorists should expect traffic delays as a result of the closure and are encouraged to avoid the area. Decatur traffic will be detoured at Meadows Lane and West Washington Avenue to Valley View Boulevard.

A crane will lift 13 pre-cast bridge pieces into place during the road closure. The pieces will be welded together the following day. Southbound Decatur will be closed from 9 p.m. each night May 17, 19-20 and 22-24 until 5 a.m. the following morning, between the on- and off-ramps at U.S. 95 and Bonanza Road. Northbound Decatur will be closed from 9 p.m. each night May 18, 25-27, and 30-31 through 5 a.m. the following morning between the on- and off-ramps at U.S. 95 and Bonanza Road. During these closures, bridge decking will be fabricated and installed and concrete will be poured. Painting, fencing and lighting work will continue through July, but should require only lane restrictions.

Construction of the pedestrian bridge is part of the $4.9 million Bonanza Trail Phase II improvement project that began Nov. 1, 2010, and is expected to continue through July 2011. The Bonanza Trail improvement project completes the overall trail connection from Durango Drive to downtown, and includes the construction of a shared use path, a pedestrian undercrossing at Rainbow Boulevard, a new bus turnout at the northwest corner of Westcliff at Rainbow and new signage and roadway striping for bicycle lanes. The project includes more than 4.5 miles of improvements to the city’s trail system. Funding for the project is provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.

Paid Internship/Scholarship Opportunity
Application Deadline May 20

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for the 2011 USDA Public Service Leaders Scholarship Program. This program provides a combined scholarship and internship opportunity to college and university students leading to permanent employment with USDA upon completion of their degrees.
Students selected for the program will receive:

  • Full-tuition scholarship;
  • Paid internship leading to permanent employment;
  • Employee benefits, mentoring, career development, leadership training and use of a personal computer.

For a listing of available scholarships and to apply, please visit online. Successful applicants are leaders in their community and committed to public service. Selectees will intern during the summer and return to their home institution to complete degree requirements. Airfare is paid for by the agency. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients become permanent employees of the USDA and must be prepared to work for USDA for one year for each year of educational assistance received. The application deadline is May 20.  For more information, call (202) 720-6506 or e-mail

"Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home" Coming to Lied Discovery Children’s Museum June 4-Sept. 25

Two beloved American icons come to life in Lied Discovery Children's Museum's new educational, interactive exhibition for children, "Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home," on display June 4-Sept. 25 in the museum's Cultural Gallery. The exhibit is sponsored by Cox Communications.

The exhibition was developed by the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service. The U.S. Forest Service has a long and proud tradition of reaching out to Americans on behalf of conservation. Smokey Bear is perhaps one of the most recognized symbols, by both children and adults, for his wildfire prevention message, while Woodsy Owl's message covers multiple areas of conservation.

"Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home" encourages families to spend time together outdoors and inspires children to discover and care for the natural resources that sustain our world. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl guide visitors through urban, woodland and stream settings featuring a variety of educational activities (presented in English and Spanish), props, costumes and puppets that underscore the importance of protecting ecosystems, as well as highlighting ways to reduce, reuse and recycle resources. Exhibit activities will be especially engaging for children ages 2-8, providing young children with open-ended play opportunities that help build fundamental academic and social skills. 

Lied Discovery Children's Museum is located at 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North in downtown Las Vegas and features more than 100 interactive exhibits based on science, art and culture for children and families. For more information, visit the museum website or call (702) 382-3445.

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