season, but donations tend to decrease this time of year.
That’s why the United Blood Services of Northern Nevada is urging
people to consider rolling up their sleeves to give a lifesaving gift.
Steve Thomas, the nonprofit organization’s donor recruitment director,
says between school vacations, inclement weather and busy schedules,
the number of donations declines over the holidays, while the need for
blood in local hospitals remains constant.
“The demand for blood actually increases if anything because of all of
that travel, and accidents,” he explains. “And so we do need blood
donors to come out this time of year.”
The American Red Cross estimates that one in 10 people admitted to the
hospital will require a blood transfusion.
In Nevada, donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with a signed
parental consent form. Donors must also be in good health, and weigh
at least 110 pounds. More information is online atRedCrossBlood.org.
Thomas says many people don’t think about giving blood until they hear
about hospitals facing shortages, or there’s been some sort of major
“You can have trauma injuries, car accidents, et cetera, that will
require a blood transfusion – other serious medical conditions,” he
Although nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give
blood, less than 10 percent actually do each year.
United Blood Services has locations throughout the state.
* * * * *
New online mapping tool may benefit Nevada wildlife
A new online mapping tool may help Nevada’s wildlife.
The state Department of Wildlife recently launched the Nevada Crucial
Habitat Assessment Tool (NVCHAT). Chris Healy, the department’s public
information officer, said it allows users to visually explore wildlife
distribution information, crucial habitat areas and sensitive species
information. He said it works in a similar way to Google Maps and says
CHAT should help developers avoid sensitive wildlife habitat.
“The people who are going to continue to try to develop on the land
are going to maybe be able to do so in a more efficient fashion,” he
said, “and at the same time protect the habitat and protect the
animals that live on that habitat.”
Healy said more than 350 species are represented through CHAT.
Nevada is among 16 Western states involved in the development and use
of CHAT. Healy said the technology also will benefit outdoor
enthusiasts and hunters.
“It’s going to be a tool that even hunters are going to be able to use
to improve their chances of being successful on a hunt,” Healy said,
“so people know where water holes are and things like that.”
Healy said NVCHAT will be updated as mapping information changes and
evolves. The website is ndow.org/nvchat.
* * * * *
Local veterinarian finalist in “Vet of the Year Award”
Local veterinarian, Dr. Christopher Yach of West Glamingo Animal
Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada has been chosen as one of three
finalists for Petplan pet insurance’s 2014 “Vet of the Year Award.”
Petplan, a company that insures nearly 150,000 dogs and cats across
the country, picked the three finalists from a field of over 3,100
veterinarians, who were nominated by pet owners across the country.
Dr. Yach was selected for his impact on veterinary medicine and his
commitment to providing an exceptional level of care. Pet parents love
Dr. Yach, as he consistently goes out of his way to explain everything
in detail and will spend the extra time needed to answer all questions
pet owners may have.
The 2014 Vet Award finalists and one guest will be flown, compliments
of Petplan, to Las Vegas to go to the Petplan Veterinary Excellence
Awards dinner on February 16, 2014. At the dinner, the winner will be
* * * * *
RTC recognizes student winners of annual Anti-Graffiti art contest
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
recognized local students who won the agency’s annual Anti-Graffiti
art contest at two special award ceremonies on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at
James Cashman Middle School and Thursday, Dec. 19 at Roy Martin Middle
The annual art contest, sponsored by the RTC, Vector Media, Outdoor
Promotions, and in partnership with the Clark County School District,
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Graffiti Investigation
Section, Crime Stoppers, and the Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition,
invited local elementary and middle school students to create and
submit artwork that promotes the contest’s theme, “Keep Southern
Nevada Graffiti Free.”
More than 170 students from 14 schools across the valley participated
in this year’s contest. At the ceremonies, RTC and Clark County School
District principals recognized the top two winners — Lyle Anthony
Abapo of James Cashman Middle School and Catelyn Kaufman of Roy Martin
The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC
transit vehicles and will travel Las Vegas Valley streets for up to
Students were encouraged to create original designs and to support the
message of respecting each other’s property and not devaluing or
defacing it with graffiti.
The runners-up included: Jessica Bialas, Dominic Melendrez, and
Nathaly Carbajal-Diaz of Cashman Middle School; Shandi Pereira and
Tyler Manotham of Roy Martin Middle School; and Samantha Vigil, Morgan
Mackey, and Madison Noelle McCrea of B. Mahlon Brown Junior High
School who were also recognized with certificates of achievement.
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.
* * * * *
City Beat is a compilation of news and views of our editorial and
writing team, along with reader submissions and topics. Readers are
invited to suggest a local topic or any other items of interest.