March 3, 2014 

Neighbors have reported suspicious solicitors seeking donations to further educational needs. While the school (unnamed) exists and offers spectacular educational programs, and it is difficult to argue the benefits of education, this is a scam. Unfortunately, this only becomes a crime if you give them money (definitely not recommended). In conversation with officers from the Northwest Area Command of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), they recommend you just say no and attend one of the First Tuesday events offered every month at 9850 W. Cheyenne Ave. (just west of Grand Canyon Drive) from 7 to 8 p.m. These First Tuesday meetings provide an open forum for the community to discuss security/safety/police issues. For more information, please visit the LVMPD Web page.

The Red Rock Search and Rescue team was formed as a result of the search for Ron Kirk and Keith Goldberg. Ward 2 and the city of Las Vegas welcomed the Feb. 8 grand opening of the training center named in their honor. The training center is headquartered in a building at Ansan Sister City Park at 7801 Ducharme Avenue, west of Buffalo Drive. You may read about the great work they do on their Web page at

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE AND WARD 2 Creech AFB Remote-piloted aircraft
The media has reported that the “drone project” has been awarded to Las Vegas. We were honored to be allowed a tour of the facility and found a great deal more information that impacts the city of Las Vegas and Ward 2. We were asked to act as community ambassadors and clarify there are no drones (unmanned aircraft). What we did find are "remote-piloted aircraft." What is not well known is the non-warfare application these aircraft serve, upon request by any state governor. They are used in large- scale firefighting, increasing the safety of those working to put out the fires. They also can assist in various types of rescue situations.

Valley-wide, Creech Air Force Base employs just under 3,000 people who buy and rent homes, play, dine and send their children to school here.  Almost 75 of them are Ward 2 residents. We thank them for the disciplined, dynamic and dominant job they do, living up to their mission statement 24/7!

Two Ward 6 Schools Win Second & Third Place!
Schools put together panels of students who study in order to compete regionally for a place at the National Science Bowl. Of the teams entered from certain counties in California, Utah and Nevada, it was three schools from Las Vegas who took top honors and moved on from the Regional Science Bowl. That’s right – all three from Las Vegas! All three teams and their coaches will be honored at the March 5 City Council meeting.  The schools are The Meadows School (first place, Ward 2), Northwest Career and Technical Academy (second place, Ward 6) and Centennial High School (third place, Ward 6). 

Neighborhood Partners Fund (NPF) grants are designed to assist in improving the livability of city neighborhoods through community-matched funding for neighborhood improvement projects. Last year, Ward 2 benefited by way of fencing at Linda Givens Elementary School, safety-issue solutions at two homeowners associations and a contribution to the Festival of Lights. Now, it’s that time of year again where Ward 2 can apply for grants to work on more neighborhood improvements.

The NPF program grants up to $5,000, which must be matched by the neighborhood with cash, volunteer labor, donated supplies, equipment, or professional services. When residents volunteer for improvement projects, they meet their neighbors and work side by side. Communication improves, relationships are formed and community spirit is developed.
Neighborhood associations, homeowners associations or business associations whose primary purpose is neighborhood improvement must:

  • Be located within the city of Las Vegas.
  • Be registered with the city of Las Vegas (projects need to be implemented within the registered neighborhood's boundaries).
  • Have a majority of the association’s members living or operating businesses in the neighborhood.
  • Demonstrate neighborhood support for the proposed project / program.

Applications for fiscal year 2014-2015 must be submitted before midnight Thursday, April 17. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Applicants must submit their NPF grant project proposals through Additional details are provided on the city’s website. For more information or questions, please contact Maria Castillo-Couch at (702) 229-6681 or via email at

Councilman Beers shares the latest news about Ward 2 on the KCLV-TV 2 “Access City Council” program through March 6. Some of the topics covered include information about new businesses in Ward 2, the City Council strategic planning retreat that took place in Ward 2, and the Northwest Area Command’s P.E.A.C.E. meetings with religious leaders.  If you miss the program on KCLV, you can watch the program in its entirety on the city’s website.

Ward 2 Coffee with the Councilman
Friday, March 14, 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Avery’s Coffee, 9440 W. Sahara Ave. (at Ft. Apache Road).
Councilman Bob Beers invites residents to join him for coffee and a chat about what is happening in Ward 2 and the city of Las Vegas. For more information, call (702) 229-2144.

Summerlin Library Book Chat Café (adults, seniors, teens)
Saturday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive.
Residents are invited to join the Summerlin Book Chat Cafe!  Enjoy coffee, goodies and lively discussions about selected books. New guests are always welcome! This event is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at (702) 507-3866.

Sahara West Library Marshmallow Madness Challenge (ages 6-11)
Wednesday, March 26, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.
Kids can put their creative abilities to use building the tallest tower from marshmallows.  For more information, call the Sahara West Library at (702) 507-3630.

Beer with Beers (ages 21+)
Thursday, March 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Calico Jack’s Saloon, 8200 W. Charleston Blvd.
Councilman Bob Beers invites residents age 21 and older to join him for a beer and a chat about what is happening in Ward 2 and the city of Las Vegas. For more information, call (702) 229-2144.

Ward 2 Free Shredding Party
Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. to noon.
Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive (north of Alta Drive)
Bring those papers and documents you have been wanting to shred!  Limit of five boxes per customer. For more information, call (702) 229-6405.

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