Join the Francisco Garcés Chapter of the Nevada State Daughters of the American Revolution in celebrating Flag Day. The Flag of the United States of America sits in the historic Lorenzi Park rose garden full of vintage roses donated and maintained by the Mesquite Club founded
in 1911. Alongside the flag is a monument dedicated to Padre Francisco Garcés, a Franciscan monk who in 1775 passed through the southern end of the state of Nevada. This is a Nevada 150 event.
When: Saturday June 14, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Where: Lorenzi Park – 3333 W Washington Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Cowboy Express riders delivered petition
The Cowboy Express riders carried a petition signed by over 1000
Northern Nevadans in protest of the BLM and was handed over to Brian
Sandoval Friday morning. The riders started the Grass March, organized
by Attorney Grant Gerber, in Elko, Nevada, on Memorial Day. The
cowboys rode their horses along I-80 through Carlin, Winnemucca,
Fallon, and finally to Carson City. Over 100 men, women and children
participated in the high-speed ride along the highways and small town
roads for the last 5 days to get the petition into the hands of the
Issues with the Bureau of Land Management’s overreach and heavy-handed practices held the public’s attention when the BLM captured and penned Bundy Beef. The BLM once again tried to exert pressure on ranchers,
this time in Northern Nevada, by revoking access to privately owned
land for the spring and summer grazing. The Lander County Rancher’s
cattle were denied access to the Argenta Allotment, which is 54
percent privately held deeded land and 46 percent federal land, with
the rancher’s owning the grazing and water rights.
Brian Sandoval received the petition handed to him saying that he was
both humbled by and proud of the participants and their efforts. “This
is what makes Nevada great,” he said. Governor Sandoval indicated he
would forward the petition to the Department of the Interior as well
as the Bureau of Land Management.
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Nevada Veterans Foundation chairman speaks out about VA controversy
The chairman of the Nevada Veterans Foundation is speaking out about the growing controversy that some VA medical facilities understated months-long wait times for health care appointments for veterans.
Dr. Richard Small says while his experience with the VA in Nevada has been positive, he isn’t surprised to learn of the reported abuses at other VA facilities.
“Obviously it’s more important to these people, their own bonuses and advancement in the system, than doing their job,” he says. “And that’s truly disgusting.”
The VA Office of Inspector General issued a recent report linking
abnormalities in reporting to employee bonuses.
It found that a sample of 226 veterans waited an average of 115 days
for initial primary care appointments at Phoenix area clinics.
According to the report, the VA executives in Phoenix reported a
24-day average waiting period for those veterans.
The Inspector General says allegations at the Phoenix VA facilities
include “gross mismanagement of VA resources and criminal misconduct
by VA senior hospital leadership, creating systemic patient safety
issues and possible wrongful deaths.”
Darin Farr, public affairs officer for VA Sierra Nevada Health Care
System, says while VA care may be under the microscope in Arizona, the
Northern Nevada facility, which serves thousands of veterans, has won
awards for its care and service.
“In this last couple of weeks with all of the national sensationalism
going on behind this story out of Phoenix, our patients have been very
quick to defend us, and come forward and say, ‘That’s not happening
here in Reno,’” he says.
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Clark County School District teaching students to save lives
Less than one year after Assembly Bill 414 took effect on July 1, 2013, Clark County School District has trained more than 40 middle school teachers how to teach Hands-Only CPR.
AB414 passed during the 2013 Nevada Legislative Session, requiring CPR education in schools. All Nevada school districts are required to include psycho-motor skill based instruction on CPR in health classes
either in all middle or high schools within their districts, to the
extent that funds are available.
Clark County School District, under the guidance of Director, K-12
Health Mary Pike and Coordinator, K-12 Health Shannon LaNeve, has
added Hands-Only CPR, as written in AB414, into the curriculum for
eighth-grade health education classes and high school health classes.
The District has also purchased manikins and the American Heart
Association’s CPR Friends and Family facilitator guides and DVDs for
use in the classrooms so each student can perform psychomotor skills
related to Hands-Only CPR.
To train their teachers and even some students, Clark County School
District works closely with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and LVFR EMS
Education Officer Derek Cox.
“As a first responder I can tell you that having this many additional
bystanders trained to respond to a cardiac event using CPR and AED is
going to make the difference between life and death for a lot of
Nevadans. We are happy to be working with the Clark County School
District and are impressed with how quickly they have been able put
this new policy in place and training teachers to implement this new
law,” said Cox, who is also chair of the American Heart Association’s
Nevada State Emergency Cardiac Care Committee.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death with over
420,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year in the United
States. When a teen or adult has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on
immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Survival rates drop as
much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without intervention.
Teaching students CPR could save thousands of lives by filling the Las
Vegas community with lifesavers — those trained to give sudden cardiac
arrest victims the immediate help they need to survive until EMTs
Hands-Only CPR has just two simple steps: 1) If you see a teen or
adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1; and 2) Push hard and fast in the
center of the chest to the beat of the classic Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’
In fact, Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be equally as effective as
CPR with breaths, and people are more likely to feel comfortable
performing it. A December 2012 study published in the American Heart
Association’s journal, Circulation, found that Hands-Only CPR
performed by bystanders keeps more people alive with good brain
function after experiencing a cardiac arrest. According to the
American Heart Association, people feel more confident performing
Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rhythm when
trained to the beat of a familiar song.
Clark County School District parent Melanie Afromsky knows all too
well the importance of giving students the skills they need to save
lives. Her son Adam suffered sudden cardiac arrest during a soccer
game two years ago.
“Because of quick responding with CPR and AED administration, my son
is alive. I will watch him graduate in 2015. Adam is one of the
fortunate ones who had a trained bystander who was ready and willing
to act. We are blessed Adam is still with us and know that other lives
like his will be saved because thousands of kids are being trained on
how to respond and save a life,” said Afromsky.
With more than 300,000 students, Clark County School District is the
largest school district in the U.S. to implement Hands-Only CPR into
the curriculum. These efforts pave the way for a nation filled with
“Clark County School District is proving to be a model for other large
metropolitan school districts across the country. Having a new
generation of lifesavers will benefit all of us,” said Cox.
To learn more about the Hands-Only CPR campaign and get ready to save
a life visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr or facebook.com/AHACPR.
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Nevada ranks near bottom in early childhood education report
Nevada ranks near the bottom nationally for enrollment and funding of
early-childhood education, according to the latest “State of
Preschool” report from the National Institute for Early Education
Research at Rutgers University.
The institute’s director, professor Steven Barnett, said Nevada ranked
34th in the 2013 study for funding pre-kindergarten programs, out of
40 states and the District of Columbia that have early-education
programs. He said the ranking is even lower when it comes to
“Nevada only enrolls 3 percent of 4-year-olds,” he said. “The average
across all programs in the states is 30 percent.”
Nevada spends about $3,300 on each child enrolled in a
pre-kindergarten program, according to the report, but Barnett said
the state should be spending about $4,800 per child to achieve higher
standards. The study showed that the District of Columbia, which ranks
first in the nation for early-education enrollment, spends nearly
$17,000 per student.
Barnett said research shows that investing in early-childhood
education helps ensure that more children graduate from high school
and go on to attend college and get good jobs – milestones that
benefit the whole state.
“Reduce your crime rate. Increase your graduation rate,” he said.
“Attract employers, because you’re going to have a workforce that
knows how to work together, is more productive on the job, better
The report is online at nieer.org.
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