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Dear Readers,

May 1 – June 30, 2013 Volume 6 – Issue 3

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I have decided to devote this issue to the wonderful history of Mesquite. It is chock-full of information you may not have known or for reliving our past as you remember. As I am composing this letter I am remembering why I love Mesquite and what drew me here. In 2005 I had come up from my home in California to check out the possibility of relocation. On one of my many visits it just happened to coincide with the Mesquite Days Celebrations. I thought it might be fun to see what the parade was all about. So my dog and I parked ourselves on the curb of Mesquite Boulevard to watch it unfold. I remember being so amazed that the people in town on the floats as well as the onlookers were so friendly. Being from California, I had learned that was not such a common occurrence. My heart was filled full of love and hope that I may reside in a town with such caring and wonderful people. I have not been disappointed since that day and I am glad to be a part of Mesquites’ history. Please as always visit our advertisers and thank them for making this publication possible. Please visit our website at Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter With Love, Kathy Lee

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In This Issue

May 1 – June 30, 2013, Volume 6 – Issue 3

FEATURE ARTICLE 32 History of the VV Heritage Museum

10 12 16 18 20 22 25 26 28 29 30 40 44 45 46 48

4H- To Make the Best Better Mesquite, Back in Business Mesquite Off-Road Weekend Lives Up to the Hype Who We Are, What We Do, Where it’s At, and WOW Mesquite Days Experience the Excitement at Wolf Creek Health Resources at Your Fingertips Recreation in Mesquite Ms. Senior Mesquite 2013 Crowned Let Us Entertain You A Decade of Art Spotlight on Citrus It’s Pool Time, in a Nutshell Local Ribbon Cuttings Restoration Along the River Celebrating Our Armed Forces

I N E V E RY I S S U E 3

Editor’s Letter


Why I Love Mesquite


View from the Mayor

19 Tennis TNT 24 View on Golf 32 View on Business 34 View on Youth 35 View on Healthy Lifestyles 42 View on Travel 64 Senior Center Happenings


Why I Love Mesquite We relocated to Mesquite after retirement eight years ago. We previously resided in Reno for 40 years, but got tired of those tough winters, traffic, and hectic lifestyle. After visiting Mesquite as a vacation destination for many years and always talking about living here, making the move to this wonderful community was the best thing we ever did. One of our favorite things about Mesquite is the variety of people who have been attracted to move here either full-time or as snowbirds. People from all walks of life and all parts of the country make up a very eclectic population in Mesquite. We enjoy living in an environment where people always acknowledge each other whether walking or driving with a smile, a word, wave, or a tip of the hat. All of this is what inspired me to become a Realtor in Mesquite. Mesquite offers such a wonderful mix of recreation, with golf being the personal favorite of Larry’s. The beauty of the area is incredible. The cleanliness of the City is always amazing. Mesquite is our little “Paradise” in the desert. – Larry and Debbie Spitale Mesquite, Nevada, we had never heard of it until friends invited us to see their newly built home here in 2006. Upon arriving we felt an instant connection to the area. For 25 years the beaches of the southeast were our vacation and summer spot, so it came as a real shock to everyone when only a few days after arriving we bought a second home here. Originally, this was to be our vacation spot but we now spend the majority of the year here. Over the years we have developed some wonderful friends, the people we have met in Mesquite are a big part of our love of the city. We have been impressed by their openness and friendliness. We are continually amazed by the beauty of the desert. We joined the Kokopelli ATV club and have spent countless hours riding and exploring the areas around Mesquite. We’ve visited old mines, ghost towns and seen wild donkeys, herds of deer and remarkable rock formations. Don’t see much of that around Chicago! The golf courses are spectacular, each offering beautiful vistas and elevation changes. Oh, and we do not miss the cold weather, noise and traffic back in Chicago. – Challen and Jerry Youstra



View From The Mayor To the honorable City Council, Appointed Officers and City Staff, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation for your dedication and service. To my daughters and friends, I could not serve in any capacity without your unwavering support and love. I thank you with all my heart. Finally, I wish to thank our local residents. Your commitment and service to our community makes Mesquite the best city in Nevada to call home. It is my pleasure to report to the Council and to the community the State of the City. Nearly two years ago we began this journey together when the voters mandated a change of direction for this community. I am proud to say we have given the city a more transparent, responsive and fiscally responsible local government. Today, the City of Mesquite is one of the most fiscally sound cities in Nevada. We have eliminated a $2 million shortfall and cut our expenses by over $1.5 million. We are fiscally stable and will continue to provide conservative guidance and responsible stewardship of your money. I speak for the entire Council when I say; we have not forgotten where the money comes from and who we represent. We, as elected officials, could not achieve positive results without the hard work and efforts of our appointed officials and City Staff. Time and again they have stepped forward and found ways to continue offering a high level of service throughout these financially challenging times. As a Community, you have offered your opinions and solutions on a number of occasions. Proving beyond any doubt, that far from being on our own, we are in this together. We have listened and will do our best to find the most amicable solutions. A few months ago, residents came to us concerned with how the Shared Use Path was being built. At public hearings you shared your concerns and most importantly, solutions. Council listened and asked staff to take a second look at the path. As a result, the existing path on Pioneer was left alone and two other locations that did not have sidewalks were chosen to build new paths. Your efforts helped to spend money wisely and improve areas that stood in greater need. Since 2007, developers investing in Mesquite have been paying two mitigation fees to the federal government. Nowhere else in Clark County are developers required to pay two fees. The review of these fees and the possibility of combining them for one equitable fee is a major priority for this Council. Through the combined efforts of local residents, City Staff, Clark County, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Services, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Bureau of Land Management; we have found a way to consolidate both mitigation plans to ensure developers are not taxed twice. We hope to have an agreement available for Council some time later this year. When we were elected into office we were charged with creating a more business friendly city. Over the past year a lot has changed to enhance the business image of Mesquite. Our Business Licensing Specialist, Laura Woolsey deserves to be recognized for her efforts to improve the City’s business licensing processes. She has streamlined the process of reviewing and approving business licenses when a building inspection is required. A process that took 2 to 3 weeks now generally takes 3 to 4 days. Under her guidance, a number of licenses can now be issued on the same day they are requested. We still have work to do to be more business friendly. Although a lot of progress has been made with the business license process we still need to look for ways to make the process as easy as possible. I will be introducing amendments later this year at the request of Ms. Woolsey and Development Services that will further streamline the licensing process and shift some responsibilities to the department for final approval of some licenses. This would allow the Business License Specialist the ability to approve certain licenses and to further simplify forms. It has also been suggested that we review the fees for a number of categories to see if they are in line with other jurisdictions. Options are to be delivered to City Council in the third Quarter. Throughout the year we have been amending the sign ordinance to reflect a more business friendly attitude. As part of the strategic plan, we will continue to review the sign ordinance and staff will be bring recommendations to the Council this year. Procedures have been implemented to allow impact fees to be paid over time. We passed a code amendment to allow liquor licensing fees to be paid over time. The Council unanimously voted for a private public partnership with the Mesquite Regional Business Inc. or better known as MRBI. Already, MRBI is well on its way to accomplishing its mission to bring businesses to Mesquite. Today the City is testing building permit and licensing software that allows online access


State of the City Address to permits and licenses, and includes the ability to accept credit card payments. One small but overwhelmingly requested change has quietly been in place for a number of months. Today when you call the City you speak with an employee and not a machine. I also believe that it is time to end the experiment of the City being closed on Friday. We have yet to see any real cost savings as a result of the closure. It is an inconvenience to those we serve and it is time to open the city doors on Friday. As outlined at the last City Council meeting we have adopted a strategic plan to review and find solutions to some of our most pressing issues. The City is the largest land owner in the community. We own thousands of acres. Historically we have not paid commissions on land sales brought to the City by an agent. This has a chilling effect on development and we need to find a way to compensate real estate agents for the work that they do. An additional benefit is that this will help get the word out that Mesquite has the land and the infrastructure needed for businesses looking to relocate. Staff will be presenting options to Council in the second quarter. We have also agreed to look at possible incentives the City may offer to potential companies looking to relocate. Incentives need to be carefully evaluated to ensure they are a win-win for the community and any potential business. In January, the City received the final evaluation of Developmental Services Department. This third party review was completed at the request of the City Manager and offered a number of suggestions to improve the overall function of the department. One key element to come from this report was the need to change our Code regarding land use. As a result, Richard Secrist and staff are rewriting the land use ordinance. We are consolidating 450 land use categories to 125 and attempting to make the code more user friendly. With the success of this evaluation, the City Manager has asked that we evaluate at least one department a year to find ways to improve how the city does business. One final item on the strategic plan is for staff to evaluate the possibility of live streaming video for the City Council Meetings. With more people using the internet as a source for news, it’s important for the city to provide this venue to view and participate in the local government process. Mesquite is meeting the challenges of the future. Slowly but surely we will recover from the economic downturn that has changed the way we all do business. However, in order for the city to prosper, we must ensure that we do not harm the tourism based economy that is the main economic engine of Mesquite, while we diversify our economic base. Local businesses are striving to find new market segments to bring to Mesquite. The successful Off-Road Weekend featuring Nitro Circus is just one example of a new segment that will increase tourism for years to come. Another example is the signing of a three year contract in Mesquite for the Remax Long Drive Championships. Thanks to the efforts of the LDA, Mesquite Gaming, the Eureka Casino, Golf Mesquite, the LVCVA and the city, we have ensured Mesquite will remain in the national spotlight as a major golf destination. Today, Mesquite is safer and stronger. We are positioned to take advantage of the new economic realities we face. As Mayor I am committed to ensuring we stay on a responsible, smart growth path that will lead to a diversified stronger economy. Tonight I have a profound sense of gratitude to be able to lead our community. I want to thank each of you, each and every one of you that loves Mesquite. Those of us who love Mesquite know that loving means being more than a cynic. It means more than making comments. It means taking the road less traveled and finding solutions to the problems we all face. It is harder to be constructive, to sacrifice and to contribute something positive. But that’s what makes Mesquite so great. So many of you are willing to do what needs to be done to make our community a home. Thank you and God bless you.

– Mayor Mark Wier 9

National 4-H - motto: “To make the best better”  Otis Hall, State Leader of Kansas, was responsible for the original wording of the 4-H pledge, officially adopted by the State 4-H Leaders at the first National 4-H camp in 1927. The pledge remained unchanged until 1973, when it was revised to include “and my world.”

4-H Pledge I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, And my HEALTH to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world. (This Moto is recited at the beginning of every club meeting following prayer and The Pledge of Allegiance)

Virgin Valley Jr. Livestock is 4H group composed of approximately twenty four residents from Bunkerville and Mesquite. The members include four volunteer parents and twenty children ranging in ages 7-17. The group participated in the Clark County Fair in April 2013 at the Logandale, NV Fair grounds. The livestock they represented were Lambs, Pigs and Steers. Clover Buds, those under the age of nine, displayed a 1 ½ year old calf in the small animal barn. As a 4H group, they competed in a quiz bowl against other 4H groups in Clark County to test their knowledge of all livestock. VV Jr. Livestock also had an educational display in the livestock barn. They work continually to keep their livestock pens clean as they try to win The Herdsman award for each category of animal. One of the competitions  is for showmanship; nice dark pants are worn with white button up shirts and green ties. The animals will be judged on positioning, posture and discipline. Market is another ribbon, which awards an animal’s physique, muscle and overall nutrition as a meat product. The children keep a record book/scrapbook during the course of their projects as a part of the competition. The books must be in pencil, neatly written and accurate on everything they did with 4H and everything they did for their animal (Immunizations, feed, activities, budget, etc). Members are then interviewed in regards to their project. Grand Champion is the ultimate reward. This is sought after as it showcases in all areas. All ribbons are well earned and they are rewarded with a variety of prizes including belt buckles and prize money. These children work very hard for  4-6 months. They sacrifice time with friends, work around homework, sports and other activities to provide the daily care of their animal  needed to make their project a success. Even if a ribbon or prize is not taken home, the completion of a project and doing


the best they can is considered a success. As a group, service projects are done and meetings are held to continue education and assistance with their projects. The group is run by a presidency that is nominated by the members yearly. 4H brings youth and adults together, safely, to learn everyday skills for living. These projects leave lasting positive impacts on their community and individual lives.  4H builds self confidence, teaches responsibility and helps members to make positive decisions. This in turn makes meaningful changes in our world. For more information or to join 4H please contact Clark County’s 4H Extension office in Logandale, NV at (702) 397-2604

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Mesquite, Back in Business By Sue Santarcangelo As spring is beginning to fade and the summer heat is beginning to build, a new player in town is hoping to bring new business and opportunities to Mesquite. Mesquite Regional Business, Inc. (MRB) plans to “promote, recruit, and facilitate economic development” in Mesquite. Established as a 501 (c) (6) business league organization, MRB signed a contract with the City of Mesquite on October 31, 2012 to take over economic development efforts for the city and the surrounding area. In February, Bank of Nevada offered MRB free office space and the city provided the first allocation of funds under their contract for MRB to begin formal operations. As of the end of March, MRB and its new CEO Gaye Stockman were in full multi-task mode. Stockman, a seasoned community development and economic development professional, left her position as president and CEO of the Laramie Economic Development Corporation in Laramie, Wyoming to move to Mesquite and represent MRB. She recounts her initial visit to Mesquite, “I looked down over the valley and was totally impressed with what Mesquite has to offer. That is when I wanted move my home and my business here. I think there is huge potential here.” She arrived the end of February to find an empty office and a board of directors which already had several businesses considering relocation options in Mesquite. In fact C2C I&D, LLC, a business specializing in the installation and dismantling of trade show booths was already in the process of relocating with MRB directors’ help. George Gault, MRB’s chairman noted in a recent Press Release that, “It’s a small company with potential to grow, but most importantly, it will bring in money from outside the area in return for the services it provides.” C2C I&D owner Morgan Jewkes indicated that the assistance he received from MRB was instrumental in his ability to do business in Mesquite, “...when you surround yourself with people and services created to help it is a value that can’t be measured.” Some of those services included helping C2C obtain both its state and city licenses all within a single morning. Stockman intends to continue that service. “The board has just finished working on their strategic plan and it is going to set the policies. …I’ll carry out those policies as best I can and rely on the board expertise as needed…” She holds a Certified Economic Developer designation, one of only 1300 in the country, and is an Economic Development Finance Professional. As such she is qualified to look at a company’s financials and help businesses evaluate the pros and cons of relocating to the area. “I can take a look at the building (or other options) they are considering… and determine the return on investment, debt credit ratio like banks do…” Both Gault and Stockman work hard to dispel the perception that the city has stopped doing economic development. Gault notes, “The city’s role would be governance and infrastructure… and our mission is to bring the primary or basic businesses into town which creates wealth.” They stress that although MRB’s mission is to help businesses relocate to Mesquite, it does not view itself as separate from the city and other business development organizations but rather as a partner.


Gault noted that, “The Chamber can provide education to existing businesses and help us identify what is required in the community since MRB can’t recruit new businesses if there are problems for existing businesses in the community.” MRB has also contacted the Community College and are talking with them about providing specialized training for businesses through their Department of Workforce and Economic Development programs. MRB sees itself as part of the larger regional economic development scene. C2C came to them through a referral from another economic development agency in Utah. They are also coordinating with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance LVGEA an organization which Governor Sandavol put in place to expand and realign the former Nevada Development Authority. LVGEA CEO Tom Skancke has already met with the City of Mesquite and the MRB. Gaye adds, “I believe we really have a great opportunity here. We’ve been working with the Chamber…(and) the city trying to identify opportunities. Not just for businesses but for tasks …like (providing) natural gas for Mesquite, or better trucking access so we can recruit warehouse and distribution type businesses. You have to have a product to sell so we are assessing exactly what that product is. …There’s huge potential here.” Gaye Stockman, CEcD CEO Mesquite Regional Business, Inc. 11 West Pioneer Boulevard, Suite A Mesquite, NV 89027 Phone (702) 345-3075 Fax: (702) 345-3092 Cell (702) 994-1824 E-Mail:



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Mesquite Off-Road Weekend By Brian Hurlburt Andre Carrier, Chief Operating Officer of the Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite, Nevada, was standing on a stage in a crowded ballroom, looking out at a couple hundred VIPs who had gathered to celebrate the kickoff of the inaugural Mesquite Off-Road Weekend. It was standing room only, and in just a few minutes, an inspirational young racer, Tanner Godfrey, would climb into his Arctic Cat and attempt a world record jump in a side-by-side vehicle. At the time of the VIP party, Carrier had just been informed that another couple thousand race fans in addition to those gathered before him at the VIP party were lining up outside at the jump site ready to witness the spectacular jump. The Mesquite Off-Road Weekend concept was created following a community-wide meeting hosted by Carrier and Eureka owner, Greg Lee. The brainstorming session urged Mesquite residents and business leaders to offer up ideas that would drive business to the city and increase the overall quality of life in the area. The Eureka Community Initiative was organized following the meeting to help foster some of the innovative initiatives. One item that dominated the discussion was the idea of creating and hosting a “world class ATV Jamboree.” Lee, Carrier, and General Manager Frank Toddre, quickly communicated with several community experts and created a plan of action that was put into place. Among the key supporters were Kathy Lee, Editor of View On Mesquite Magazine, Trent Graves, Owner of Mesquite Extreme Powersports, Jill Williams and Stoney Ward of Awesome Adventures. Others brought in to make the dream into a reality were Bryan Green from Edge PowerSports, Gregg Godfrey, a founder of the worldrenowned Nitro Circus, and Elise McAllister, a fifth-generation Nevadan who is the founder of Partners In Conservation. Mesquite Off-Road Weekend was held February 21-24, 2013, and brought together a wide-ranging demographic of travelers, locals, racers, fans, and others who all gathered to celebrate the Off-Road lifestyle and mentality. They enjoyed the outdoors, the excitement of Mesquite, and pumped thousands of dollars into the local economy. “We wanted to work in partnership with the men and women of this community to make a better Mesquite,” said Greg Lee. “And, quite simply, we were successful on all fronts. And we appreciate the support and commitment of the community to help make this event, which drove thousands to the city and our businesses, happen.”


The event was initially promoted as “four days of live free and ride— ride all day, play all night with casino excitement, parties, and other fun.” And the final product lived up to the initial hype as a full schedule of events kept the fans, spectators, and riders busy and entertained. The schedule of events was full everyday with something for everyone.

Lives Up to the Hype “The Mesquite Off-Road Weekend and Nitro Circus showcased to the world what local residents have known for years. Mesquite, Nevada is one of the top destinations for off-roading in the country. Mesquite “Nitro” Nevada will become an off-road household name and a must attend event for many years to come thanks to the efforts of the Eureka Resort.” – Mayor Mark Weir

Among the highlights of Mesquite Off-Road Weekend: The guided trail rides were a highlight of the weekend for many and covered five routes of the unique and beautiful terrain of Mesquite and surrounding areas. Several hundred enthusiasts enjoyed the rides which were created by McAllister in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management with tours provided by Adventure Glide. Gifts, maps, lunch, and unique insight into the trails were provided to every ride participant. Possibly the most dramatic moment of the weekend happened on Friday Night when paralyzed racer Tanner Godfrey broke the world record for a jump in a Utility Terrain Vehicle. He flew 105 feet in a Wildcat 1000 by Arctic Cat. About 2,000 fans lined the jump site and watched as Godfrey and his co-pilot (Aaron “Wheels” Fotheringham of Nitro Circus fame) flew over a lighted Eureka Casino Resort sign and into history. The Power Sports Plaza featured interactive games and contests including the Redneck Rodeo plus food, beverages, and entertainment, and was the hub of the weekend’s festivities. On the track there were two days of motorcycle, ATV, and UTV racing on a course which was built adjacent to the Eureka Casino Resort. Riders in classes from beginner to expert competed for cash and pride during the event, and the course drew accolades from many of the racers including Mike Brown, who won the Pro Division. The Nitro Circus Beyond Pro event was the culmination of the weekend, and was the first event in history to feature ATV, UTV, and motorcycles together on the same track at the same time. The event was won by legendary motocross and freestyle motocross champion Cowboy Kenny Bartram. “I think it was explosive,” said Gregg Godfrey about the overall vibe of Mesquite Off-Road Weekend. Godfrey and Bryan Green envisioned the Beyond Pro format. “That’s the word that comes to mind to describe the entire Mesquite Off-Road Weekend. It was a well-rounded, explosive fireworks show with off-road vehicles thrown into the mix.” Mesquite was buzzing during the event both literally and figuratively as the sweet sound of off-road vehicles filled the air, and the anticipation and excitement permeated both locals and visitors. “I think it was a great event,” said Carrier, who was also very proud of the funds raised for the Wounded Warrior Project during the weekend. “Nitro Circus put on a terrific show. The quality of racers like 2012 X-Games Gold Medalist Mike Brown, 2013 King of the Motos Champion Cody Webb, Beyond Pro champion Cowboy Kenny Bartram, and EnduroCross young gun Ryan Sandoval, who came to this first-year event, was remarkable. And, most importantly, the venue proved itself to be a perfect place to enjoy an off-road event. All in all it was really nice to see smiles on so many faces in Mesquite over that weekend. Participants and fans alike will look forward to the return of Mesquite Off-Road Weekend.”


WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO, WHERE IT’S AT, AND WOW By Josie Singer (graduating senior)

Virgin Valley High School is a place for finding out who we really are, and what kind of person we will become. We’ve been told several times that now is the time to learn, mature and become productive citizens who enrich society. You know, the type of person our parents and teachers hope for. Some students let their choices define them as individuals. It’s no secret that not all of our choices are good ones. It is true that our choices do change us; we either become a better person, or in some situations, something less. Our choices in high school have molding capacities. In four short years we will experience many different challenges, and undergo our own experiences. These challenges and experiences do have a powerful effect on our behavior and thoughts. High school is the time to try new things individually and with our friends, experiencing life our way. By graduation we hope to put off childish things and mature enough to take on the “Real World”. This transformation is physical, emotional, mental, and for some spiritual. It’s all a part of becoming who we are. High School is the place where the stresses of growing up and the stress of fitting in join forces to destroy even the strongest among us. Yes, we all go through it! Whether we stress alone or with our special cliques, we still stress. We form cliques through the clubs we join, the classes we take and the activities we choose to participate in. Classes like; AP English, AP History, theatre, broadcast, yearbook, forensics, auto and woodshop. It is here where we get our education, work together in getting projects and productions done. It is also the social training ground for life. Gaining an education, developing needed social skills, and forming relationships with others is what we do in high school. There are only 679 students and everyone knows each other; some are our closest friends others simple acquaintances. It’s our friends who help us navigate school life. What we do in school is very gratifying. It has taught us about ourselves and the world around us. These experiences will not be forgotten. The field, the track, the mat, the pool, the court, the course is where it’s at. This is where you will find of many of us. Athletics make VVHS more enjoyable for those who choose to participate, directly or indirectly. Half the studentbody participates in one or more team sports. We do it for Bulldog pride and the love of the game. Sports keep us active mentally, and physically. On game days we never dread waking up and coming to school because at the end of the day we have our sports to do. The students who learn how to balance their academic and extracurricular activities become major assets to any school, program or work environment. As we wander the halls the last few days of school we have a tendency to look back and think about everything we’ve done and been through. Our thoughts turn to what we did and didn’t do. The chances we took and the one’s we were afraid to take. We think about everyone around us and how they changed. We see the new friends we’ve made and the old friends we’ve lost. At this moment, “who we are, what we do and where it’s at” equal every WOW moment and every WOW person we’ve ever met. Then our thought turns to the future. We all want to be successful. Society will measure us by our results; by money, fame, or personal victories. When we achieve what we want and are happy, that is success. Looking back we realize that the sum total of the little moments and little things we’ve done add up and equals the big memories. They are the WOW moments you will never forget.


Tennis TNT By Donna Eads

Twelve years ago tennis was just starting to pick up as a popular sport in Mesquite. At the time, CasaBlanca‘s courts and the Mesquite Tennis Club were the only venues to play. With the help of the Club players and the Mayor, Hafen Park added state of the art tennis courts in 2007. Since then, tennis has continued with the Mesquite Senior Games as well as the addition of the courts at Sun City. This last year Sun City Mesquite has improved their courts to match Hafen Park so tennis has seen a growth of interest and play. One of the interesting things about tennis is the fact that each point only takes about 45 to 60 seconds to play so it is played at a fast pace. This means that you must focus on each point and play them as if it is the final winning point. A loss of focus even for a few minutes in a match could cost you and your partner the set so be ready to play and focus. Many a match has been lost due to the loss of focus. Another trick in a match is adjusting to the conditions and your opponents. Use all the information that you can gain from your warm-up and play to make these adjustments. Sometimes it is the conditions that control your play and other times it is your opponents. Doubles requires a constant flexing of your play and strategy, since play is dynamic. If your opponent loves to serve and volley, play the lob or hit at their feet. The court that you are playing on may not have space to run to the side or back so you can hit deep or at an angle to use the court to your advantage. The other trick in tennis is to remember that a set or match is like a cycle. Your team will have good times and bad during the match. Many a player has been ahead or behind only to find their fortunes reversed. So roll with the waves and accept the good with the bad. Always have a positive attitude!



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Mesquite Days Schedule of Events 2013

Historical Society 5th Annual Mesquite Days, Old – Time Bakeoff Date: May 1, 2013 (Wednesday) Bananas is the secret ingredient. Time: 6 PM (Pick up Registration forms at the Fine Arts Center) Location: 35 West Mesquite Blvd. (Virgin Valley Heritage Museum/Fine Arts Center) Contact: Valarie Jensen, 346-5469

National Day of Prayer Date: May 2, 2013 (Thursday) Outside City Hall Time: 6 PM Location: City Hall Amphitheater, 10 East Mesquite Blvd. Contact: Deborah Douglas, 702-249-0148

Founders Forum Date: May 2, 2013 (Thursday) Time: 7 PM Location: City Hall, 10 East Mesquite Blvd. City Council Chambers. Contact: Darlene Reese, 346-5304

Mesquite Days SOCK HOP 2013 Date: May 3, 2013 (Friday) Time: 6 PM – 8 PM Location: 100 West Old Mill Road, Recreation Center Gymnasium & Recreation Center West Park Contact: Dept. of Athletics & Leisure Services. Office for Details 346-5290 ext 4006 or

Mesquite Days Zumbathon Date: May 4, 2013 (Saturday) Time: 6 PM – 8:30 PM Location: 100 West Old Mill Road, Recreation Center Gymnasium Contact: Dept. of Athletics & Leisure Services. Office for Details 346-5290 ext 4006 or

Mesquite Days Carnival (Davis Amusement Cascadia, Inc) Date: May 2-5, 2013 (Thur-Sun) Time: Thursday 5-11 PM, Friday 3 PM-Midnight, Saturday 10 AM-Midnight & Sunday Noon-5 PM *Carnival Times Subject to Change. Location: 100 West Old Mill Road, Recreation Center West Field


Mesquite Days Vendor Booths Date: May 3- 5, 2013 (Fri-Sun) Time: Friday 4 PM-10 PM, Saturday 10 AM-Midnight & Sunday Noon-5 PM Location: 105 West Mesquite Blvd. Contact: Dept. of Athletics & Leisure Services. Office for Details 346-8732 ext 4007 or

Mayors Pancake Social, Sponsored by the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Date: May 4, 2013 (Saturday) Time: 7 AM – 9:30 AM Location: North Arrowhead Lane, Family Heritage Park Contact: Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, Vicky Walter; vicky@

Mesquite Days Parade Date: May 4, 2013 (Saturday) Time: Parade Start 10 AM, Staging Time 8 AM Location: North Arrowhead Lane (LDS Church Parking Lot) Contact: Dept. of Athletics & Leisure Services for Details 3468732 ext 4007 or

Historical Society Walking Tours Date: May 4, 2013 (Saturday) Time: End of Parade – 1:00PM Location: 35 West Mesquite Blvd. (Virgin Valley Heritage Museum/Fine Arts Center) Contact: Geraldine Zarate, 702-630-0484

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Experience the Excitement at Wolf Creek

By Joel Villanos

Dining Experience: If you haven’t been up to the Terrace at Wolf Creek Golf Club lately, you are in for some exciting new changes. Recently we have brought in a new Executive Chef from the Pacific Northwest.   Chef Seth McKee comes from Whidbey Island in Washington State, with over 12 years of culinary experience.  Graduating from the Art Institute of Seattle, Seth has a passion and love for fine wines and fresh local foods.  Seth has an art for transforming local ingredients into something delicious.  In 2008 Seth competed for three days, and against 17 chefs from around the world to become the winner of the British Columbia Master Chef Competition. Seth came to the Southwest via Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah, taking his style of the Northwest cuisine and combining it with the flavors of the Southwest for some amazing creations.  His favorite food is steamed Penn Cove mussels with a slice of nice bread.  Stop by to experience our wonderful new modern breakfast, lunch and dinner menus inspired by the classic flavors of the Southwest.  Come alone, or join your friends for a Mesquite sunset on our patio during happy hour.  Thinking of doing a special banquet or event?  Please contact Patty Knutson, our new Food & Beverage Manager, and she will help you with making your event something special. 


For the Golfers: Wolf Creek Golf Club, the “must play’’ course in the golf-crazy Mecca of Mesquite, Nevada, is the pinnacle of Desert Golf.  Voted “America’s Best  New Course”  by  Golf Digest  in 2002, the dramatic desert tract quickly became a  “must play” on golfers’ fantasy lists and solidified itself as Nevada’s Ultimate Golf Experience. Since then, Wolf Creek has become a staple in “Best of Golf” listings by every major golf publication, and is one of the main reasons Mesquite has become such a popular golf destination.  The course is in great shape, and coming out of winter nicely.  The new greens we installed last September are now fully grown in, and will add a whole new dimension to your golf experience. For golfers who are looking to tame Wolf Creek for a great rate, the course also has a list of available Hot Times, offering green fees at the lowest guaranteed rate. With so much excitement going on at Wolf Creek, golfers are encouraged to book their tee times and reservations well in advance.  With the launch of a new menu in the spring and the installation of state-of-the-art putting greens, Wolf Creek expects a deluge of golfers and foodies alike.  For reservations and to book your tee times, visit or call 866.252.4653 toll free or locally at 702.346.1670 today.


Properly Finish Your Swing Rob Krieger - PGA Golf Professional Have you noticed the golf professionals on TV are always “posing” after they hit the ball? They are not doing it on purpose for the cameras. A good balance finish is the result and trademark of a well executed golf shot. As an instructor, I watch a player’s finish, or their “pose”, as a road map to see what happened during the swing both good & bad. How your body ends up after you hit the ball is even more important than how you got there. Focusing on a good “pose” allows your body to get in the correct position naturally. Here are the keys to a good finish.

Elements to Good Finish


All the weight should be on the front foot with the back foot all the way up on the toe. There should not be any weight on the back foot nor should the body be falling backward or anywhere off of where you started. The knees should be together and flexed. Belt buckle and buttons of your shirt should be facing your target, and your hands should be relaxed and next to your ear. But most of all, you must be able to hold your finish for at least 3 seconds.

A 3 Second Pose Can you hold your finish for at least 3 seconds and follow where your shot goes? If not, then your swing is out of control and out of balance. Working on a consistent and balanced finish can help shave shots off your score and build a more accurate and powerful shot. Hold your “pose”.

Downswing to Finish In order to get to a good finish, the hips should start the downswing with the weight transferring from back foot to front foot then follow through with the shoulders and then the club. The club should be accelerating down to the ball and the right shoulder should feel like it is going at the target.

Simple Corrections If you are not holding your finish try the following easy corrections: 1) Slow your swing down to a speed where you can hold your pose. Many times the club or your body is moving too fast; this throws the body out of balance or out of sync and stability is lost.

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2) Shorten your swing to a 3/4 or 1/2 swing. Sometimes we over swing and aren’t aware of it. I am not saying you can’t swing hard, but being able to hold your finish is the key. Many swing issues can be managed very easily by just holding your finish at the end of your golf shot.

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By Sue Santarcangelo

Lifestyle is all important to many of those living in Mesquite. Thousands have relocated to our oasis in the desert on a permanent basis, while others make a yearly pilgrimage to enjoy our mild winters and amenities. One of those amenities is Mesquite’s Recreation Center operated by the City of Mesquite’s Department of Athletics and Leisure Services. The “Rec Center” as it is known is an example of Mesquite’s blending of the old and new. The main building located along Old Mill Road was constructed in 1999. According to former Mayor Ken Carter, the city decided in the late 1990s that there was a need for a public recreation center, “We felt the community needed it.” Although there was some disagreement as to the size and scope of the project, the city pursued the idea with a vision to the future, developing a concept and committing city resources from their capital improvement and redevelopment funds. They also approached the county for additional support. The county commission, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, both donated funds. The city then made and exchange with the school district, trading an open parcel of land for the old high school and its facilities. The Rec Center was constructed on the old high school football field. The new building contains two full sized basketball courts which can also be used for volleyball. Other facilities include an indoor pool, a weight room, circuit training facility, dance studio, racketball court and a space for martial arts classes. A concession area was remodeled into a golf simulator where golfers can practice their game in climate controlled comfort. There is also a seating area where patrons can rest and take advantage of free Wi-Fi or play ping pong and foosball. The outdoor pool was constructed in 2001 and over time the facility has grown to meet the community’s need. A portion of the old school behind the Rec Center was gutted and renovated. That space became knows as building two, or in gambling terms the “Deuce.” Today the Deuce houses a yoga room and office for Jeremiah Garcia, the center’s Wellness and Fitness Coordinator. There is also a large a multi-use room which is outfitted with punching bags for kick-boxing, exercise balls for fitness classes sand a state-of-the art sound system. Presently it is used for Zumba and other classes. While the Deuce received a face lift and a makeover, the exterior was stuccoed and painted, giving the old building a new look, much of the old high-school remains as it did in the past. When you approach the building entrances they are old and dated, but the rooms inside are bursting with new life.


The old choir and band room is now used for “spin” classes. Bicycles are carefully arranged on the terraced stage giving each rider a different vantage point. The room also has black lights so riders can float through a twilight allowing them to cycle anywhere the imagination takes them. A state-of-the art sound system allows the instructor to guide them and pump out great music to drive and invigorate the classes. Like other rooms in the old school, the spin room is multi-use with floor mats for stretching and chin-up bars. The old high school gym is now a gymnastics center. Flex It Gymnastics operates the facility, offering classes and competitive team training. Nick Montoya, Assistant Director of the Department of Athletics and Leisure Services, explains that most of the classes offered by the center are taught by individuals who contract with the city to provide services. He notes that they carefully check to insure, “Their certifications have to be up to date and legitimate.” He adds that operations like Flex It also are required to maintain all the proper insurance and liability coverage for their operations. The rest of the old school is used for a variety of things. Several wings of the old classroom buildings are rented to non-profit groups and one houses the city’s Sunshine Academy preschool program. The theater, multi-use room and several offices are available for community functions and the College of Southern Nevada has offices and classrooms in part of the building. The old Block School located on First Street North houses the Mesquite Boxing Club and Youth Center, and the Virgin Valley Family Center. For more information about classes and uses of the Mesquite Recreation Center facilities contact: the center at 702.346.8732 or go online for a list of classes and events.

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Ms Senior Mesquite 2013 Crowned Barbara Ellestad Mesquite Citizen Journal Originally posted on on April 1, 2013 A sold out audience watched Alecia Sibio be crowned Ms Senior Mesquite 2013 Saturday, March 30 at the Mesquite Community Theatre. Dubbed as the “Age of Elegance,” seven women competed in this year’s pageant, Sibio, Bonnie Mikkelsen, Betty King, Sarah Mulloy, Roseann La Brie, Debbie Miller, and Linda Gault. King was selected as the first runnerup to the Queen’s crown while Miller was chosen as second runner-up and as Ms. Congeniality. Serving as escorts for the beautiful women as they appeared on stage were members of the Mesquite Fire Top row L- R, Linda Gault, Sarah Mulloy, Roseann LaBrie, Bonnie Mikkelson, Bottom Row L- R and Rescue Department, were Chief 2nd Runner Up, Debbie Miller, Ms. Senior Mesquite 2013, Alecia Sibio and 1st Runner Up, Betty King. John Higley, Mike Gleason, and Dave Newfeld. The 2010 Man About Town Geno Withelder also presented the new Queen with her crown and flowers. During the talent portion of the contest, some of the women sang, others danced, showed off their photography, and in Sibio’s case provided comedy to the crowd. Entertainment for the evening included some of Mesquite’s most talented voices, Cathy Petrus, Karen Ransdell and Brian Wurston. Wurston also sang a duet with his father Brian, two voices that rocked the rafters, in an especially touching song of love and caring. Janice Ramirez, Ms. Senior Mesquite 2009 also sang a solo from the La Boheme Opera. Seven past Ms Senior Mesquite pageant winners were presented on stage beginning with Jean Watkins - 2005, Mary Jane Vandeweghe - 2006, Nila Lilienthal - 2008, Janice Ramirez - 2009, Susan Rosland - 2010, Margaret Judkins - 2011, and Claudia Nicholas -2012. Mark Buchanan and NonaMarie Miller repeated their Master and Mistress of Ceremonies roles, lending a light-hearted flair to the evening. Larry LeMieux served as the Pageant Production Director. Sibio will represent Mesquite at various events throughout the year and will compete in the Ms. Senior Nevada Pageant in August. At a reception held after the pageant at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, Dorothy Higgins and Geni Barton presented the newlycrowned Ms Senior Mesquite to a packed room. Higgins read an email she had received from Sibio’s son who is serving in the military stationed in Afghanistan. He had wanted to sponsor an ad in the program book supporting his mother’s run for the crown. Higgins touchingly explained that an anonymous donor had done that instead and she purchased a huge beautiful bouquet of flowers for his mother instead.


Let Us Entertain You By Bunny Wiseman Arts in Mesquite are alive and well. Arts allow our town us to sing and dance and act out any time we feel like it. The venue for all this fun is the Mesquite Community Theatre. The Mesquite Community Theatre began as an assembly hall for the local elementary school way back in the 50’s. Just imagine little tiny kiddies sitting in little tiny (16 inch) seats, looking forward to assembly time. Eventually the new elementary school was built and the City was kind enough to allow non-profit art groups to begin using the old school auditorium as a little theatre. It was not perfect but it was much better than nothing. About five years ago, the City again came to the rescue, this time with some funding to upgrade the MCT. The space was gutted. New dressing rooms built, new stage, new, (big people size) seats installed, new air handling, new noise reduction baffling, new box office, new lobby, new catwalk, new box office, and even a new facade. The Virgin Valley Theatre Group was the first to use the new updated facility. They produced a musical which was a huge hit with everyone who saw it. The audience settled into the comfy new big people seats, looked up at the beautiful new curtains and said, “ahhh”. They were amazed when they could hear dialog instead of the air handling system. Needless to say, the show was a huge hit and many successful productions have followed. The MCT is the home stage for the Mesquite Toes Tap Team and the Virgin Valley Theatre Group which provides four live stage plays each year. It is also frequently used by the Mesquite Arts Council. The MCT is run completely by volunteer force. From the Box office staff to the ushers to the stage hands and technical crew. All the actors, directors and even the gofers are just folks who want to keep this treasure functioning here in Mesquite. It provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to come “play with us”. You don’t have to be a pro to be a help. Even if all you want to do is sit in a chair and help read lines to an actor, you are valued here. MCT also welcomes other groups who would like to rent the theatre. MCT staff is always on hand in these instances to be helpful with any information needed about the theatre. These additional productions help with the costs involved with running and maintaining the theatre. Tickets for all the productions put on in the Mesquite Community Theatre can be purchased in advance at the theatre box office, The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, Klasik Kloset Consignment Boutique, Roots Hair Salon and the Chamber of Commerce. Unless the show is a sell out, you can always get last minute tickets at the box office one hour before the show. We often hear people comment that this theatre is such a cozy, quaint, unexpected gem. If you have not experienced the Mesquite Community Theatre or if it has been a while, come check us out. We would love to entertain you. If you would like to be on our e-mail blast list, please contact Maggie at and she will drop you a note a few days before each production. See you on Stage.




By Linda Faas As artist Barbara Withelder presides over the Mesquite Fine Arts Center in 2013, it is much more than just a building. Just 10 years old, it houses the hopes and dreams of our community and its hundreds of artists. When the center was conceived, Mesquite was on the rise. People with vision were staking their future on the town. Beautiful new neighborhoods popped up around the downtown core and north of I-15. City Hall had recently been built. It was time to step up to the cultural needs of the residents. The Mesquite Arts Council was the single arts group in town that staged theatre productions and highly successful arts festivals in the 90s. The community rallied around a core of people who visualized an art center adjacent to the heritage museum. It would have an art gallery, a classroom, a small stage. The complex would be a wellspring of downtown vitality, anchoring an area where residents and visitors could come together. Through much hard work and ingenuity, private funds were raised with art auctions, gala dinners and personal donations. A building fund grew to about $25,000, and the City was approached with hopes that RDA funding might be secured for the project. The City saw the value of the concept, and in 2001 the art center plan moved forward. Architect Eric Strain, of Las Vegas, drew up plans for a complex. His was an edgy design, originally slated to be built of pounded earth—a take-off on early adobe-style construction. Such construction proved to be too expensive, so J B Construction built the main building of slab concrete and metal sheeting. An open air shed and a stylized silo lent an agrarian appearance to the project. Landscaping of tall grass and mesquite trees gave an air of lean desert minimal-ism to the corner of Mesquite Boulevard and Yucca Street. The long building process ended up at $830,000, putting a strain on funds and on the ties that bound all the arts in a single organization. Under the guidance of artist John Nyberg, Virgin Valley Artists Association, a group of visual artists, incorporated as a 501c3 in late 2002, and volunteered to take on administration of the new art center. Randy McArthur, a diverse fine artist and craftsman, took the VVAA helm as it launched. On June 28, 2003, the City of Mesquite, the Chamber of Commerce, and city residents gathered to cut the opening ribbon of its long dreamed-of facility. Natalie Hafen was acting president of VVAA when scissors clipped the ribbon that day. The early years were heady times. Visiting artists from Santa Fe taught workshops. The gallery hosted unique exhibitions, such as “Artists and Poets,” a show that paired original poetry and artwork. A nationally advertised show called “Lucky 13” challenged artists to “think small.” The community was welcomed to the new gallery that displayed and sold the work of about 20 local artists.




Cash for furnishings was in short supply. Art displays were built by members. Vince and Jan Doherty donated a couple couches that were draped with ecru bedspreads a la “shabby chic.” Bonnie Ligouri donated her 40s-era dining room set. Every donation was gratefully accepted. VVAA was a small nucleus of volunteers that thought on a grand scale. Harlo and Kathleen Birkholz did more than just dream about a pottery studio for the community. They made it happen. In late 2003 they transformed a room in the old elementary school building into a fullservice pottery studio.

By 2004, the Gallery was on its feet. VVAA membership expanded as new residents flocked to town. Shari Woolstenhume served as president for a time before heading to Salt Lake City. Photographer Sue Brooks took over as the organization staged the fondly-remembered Chili and Arts Festivals. In 2005, Sue and Gregg Hamilton put together the concept of a “brown bag” lecture to draw people to the gallery. Almost 100 free lectures on every art topic from carving ice sculptures to calligraphy have been presented to gallery audiences on the first Tuesday of each month during the past eight years. Sue’s successor, Tom Baker, exited in 2006 to assist his family in Arizona. He was replaced by his vice president, Kathleen Birkholz, who brought her endless supply of youthful energy and high artistic ideals to the job. A former arts and recreation manager on military bases, Kathleen understood the importance of teaching young kids the principles and joy of art. From 2006-2009 Kathleen led VVAA, expanding its community art education program. It was during Kathleen’s term that VVAA initiated a cowboy poetry workshop, with the cowboy poets staging a western show that has evolved into Mesquite’s Western Roundup. Geraldine Zarate, a gifted and prodigious painter, served briefly as president in 2009, stepping down to write a history of Mesquite. Bunny Wiseman volunteered to fill the vacancy and worked with the City as it moved to enclose the art center “shed” to create the long-awaited classroom. It was another exciting day in October, 2010, when then Mayor Holecheck and others cut the ribbon to the classroom and new amphitheatre. Just as with the gallery and pottery studio, the classroom now provided greater art education opportunities for the community. Exterior gallery utility boxes were painted with designs by Judith Hetem. VVAA membership topped 200 in 2011. Linda Faas, elected VVAA president for 2011-12, focused on publicizing Mesquite’s beautiful art center, building relationships with regional artists and galleries. Mesquite’s Gallery had become a gem, admired by visitors from much larger cities. The front garden was redesigned as a low-water desertscape with metal sculptures by Jerry Greenway. VVAA, over the years, has invested its volunteer staffing and thousands of dollars of its own funds in Gallery improvements to accent the extraordinary collection of local original art it offers to the public. Generous support from the City, County, State of Nevada, and many private sources has made the Mesquite Fine Arts Center what it is today. It is fitting that the City of Mesquite and VVAA will celebrate these ten short years with a gala community reception on June 27, 2013. It is time to dream big about Mesquite’s future. For more information about the Mesquite Fine Arts Center, VVAA, and the June 27 celebration, please see Visit the Gallery at 15 West Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, Nevada.


The History of the Museum By Kristan Darragh


You can’t drive down Mesquite Boulevard without seeing the rock building that stands beaming with pride for the historical treasures it holds inside. The land for the building was purchased from John Houston at $150 per quarter acre. The project was to be a joint effort between the National Youth Administration and the town of Mesquite. The NYA program was implemented in 1935 by President Roosevelt to focus on providing work and education for Americans between the ages of 16 and 25. Building construction was not commonly funded by the NYA, but occasionally the program supported such projects as a means of employing and training youth. Under the supervision of Walter Hughes the young men of Mesquite began construction of the building in 1941. NYA funds for the construction of the building ran out by the time the walls had reached the tops of the windows. Cement was a large expense, but most of the other materials used for the building were native to the area. Local volunteers finished the project and lumber for the roof was donated by members of the community. The building first served as the Mesquite Branch of the Clark County Library with Lovina Leavitt and Edith Knight as Librarians. Early in 1942 the town asked for and received permission to change the building’s function from a library to a hospital. Leonard Reber, Chairman of the Mesquite Town Board called Dr. J. Cherry, the Superintendent of the Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital in Las Vegas and asked for help in obtaining medical equipment and supplies to furnish the hospital. The people of the valley were asked to donate $35.00 per family to purchase the equipment. Dr. Gilbert, who lived in Mesquite, was hired as the physician of the new hospital and Bertha Howe was hired as the County Head Nurse. Bertha agreed to move to Mesquite from Moapa Valley and be the resident nurse for the new hospital. She was provided a living space in the hospital which is now the back few rooms of the museum. By early 1943, Dr. Gilbert and nurse Bertha Howe had the Mesquite Hospital up and running. Dr. Gilbert only remained in town as the doctor for another 3 years. For the next 34 years, until 1977, Bertha lived and worked in the Mesquite Hospital serving the people of the valley and any traveler coming through who needed her services. When no doctors were available the hospital was used as an emergency first aid station. After the building closed as a medical facility in 1977 the building was vacant for a few years. Eventually Boy Scout Troops 40 and 42 used the building for their activities. The building became the museum in 1985. Today The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum sits as a tribute not only to the history of the building but to the early pioneer settlers of the Virgin Valley. Rich with a deep pioneer heritage full of strength, devotion, hardships, sacrifice, and hope, the museum helps visitors to not only understand the pioneer way of life but helps them to connect with the very pioneers that settled this great valley. The museum houses artifacts from the descendants of those original pioneer families as well as medical equipment used when it was the hospital. The museum covers a range of time periods from the 1800’s through the 1950’s.


The museum really does offer something for everyone. All ages will find something to connect with in the museum. Most children have never used a 1930’s Underwood typewriter but they can here. The museum also has a 1924 Victrola that we love to play for people. We also have what I refer to as our treasure chest room which houses many life stories, family histories, and information on the early families and buildings. We also have information on the early church history of this area. We are excited to also have a garden area for people to see as well as an exhibit area that we change monthly. Please come and visit the museum to see all the new things going on! The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum is located at 35 W. Mesquite Blvd, next to the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery. The museum is open TuesdaySaturday from 10am-4pm. Phone number (702) 346-5705.


Victor Victrola – 1924 Manufactured in Camden, NJ. Played hard rubber Records. Donated by Vicki Waite


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Scholarships and Financial Aid may be the answer to a College Education By Darlene Montague


As parents we all hope that one day we will be able to afford to send our children to college, but in these economic hard times is it feasible without additional help? No matter what your income is, it is always suggested that students apply for financial aid through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It is a very simple online process; all you need are parents and students completed tax forms from the previous year and some personal information. High school seniors should begin the financial aid process prior to the middle of April for the year they will be graduating. In other words, if a student is graduating in 2013 the FAFSA application should be for 2013/2014 school year. This financial aid application, once accepted by FAFSA, is sent to the colleges of your choice and will then go through a verifying period of 8 – 10 weeks so the earlier you apply the more time you will allow for any possible delays. Also, it is a good idea to apply for work study. Work study programs are offered at all colleges and give the students the opportunity to work for the college and get paid as another form of financial assistance. If a student does not qualify for financial aid due to exceeding the income limit there are always scholarships. Scholarships unlike many other aids such as student loans do not have to be repaid. CSN as well as many other instate and out of state colleges’ offer several scholarships that a student can apply for. To view what CSN has too offer simply visit the website at where you will find a list of available scholarships and required criteria. There are also many other websites that one can search to find scholarships on the internet. One that is commonly used is Fast web is a site that will send emails to the student with personalized scholarship matches based on your individual profile. There is also a book called “Scholarship Handbook” which is updated every year with over 1 million awards of all kinds listed. A local scholarship offered in the Mesquite area is through Dollars for Scholars. DFS Virgin Valley Chapter NV 1600 has been in the area for many years and has helped several students who have graduated from Virgin Valley High School. Donations to DFS have been received from the Mesquite Resort Association, the Sunshine Rotary Club and through other local fundraisers. Criteria for applying for this scholarship are that the student has • • • • •

Successfully completed their first year of college with a GPA of 3.0 Combined income for both applicant and parents does not exceed $50,000 An essay submitted telling the committee what your needs are and about yourself Copy of previous transcripts Current copy of your class enrollment

Applications are accepted in August and September, as well as in January and February. Special circumstances or requests are taken into consideration. Lastly, if your child is a high school senior make sure that they work closely with their counselors to ensure that they know when the local scholarship application deadlines are coming up. The best advice I can give is, take the lead and be pro active, as there is a lot of scholarship money available that no one ever applies for. Putting in the effort is well worth the dollars the student will receive for their higher education needs and goals.



The condition of your physical surroundings affects every aspect of your life, including personal relationships, your health, and even your success in business. A seed can’t grow if it is surrounded by weeds; similarly, people can’t grow if they’re surrounded by clutter. Clutter blocks the flow of positive energy and can weigh you down. Who do you think is more happy and productive--a person whose clutter consists of a couple of junk drawers and a corner of the garage or a hoarder similar to someone you might see on a popular reality show?

A cluttered physical environment translates to emotional clutter; if you have physical clutter in your home, office or vehicle, you will have clutter in your mind as well. Clutter translates into emotional baggage and the related stress drains your energy level. It’s easy to accumulate clutter. Over time, we simply collect too many things that we are not willing to let go. My father used to say, “We become a slave of our possessions.” Here are some tips to set yourself free as you start to de-clutter your life. Start small. De-cluttering is a process that can be quite overwhelming. Instead of planning to clean the entire garage, commit to organizing one section. A project broken down task by task will seem much more manageable. Set a time limit. Tell yourself you’re going to work toward de-cluttering for only 20 minutes. You can do just about anything for 20 minutes! Set your kitchen timer. When your time is up, you can walk away having accomplished your goal. Chances are, however, that once you get the momentum going, you’ll want to continue until the job is completed. Release what no longer serves you. Keep the best and toss the rest. Note how you feel when you hold an item. If it doesn’t empower you or bring your happiness, it’s time to let it go. De-clutter by selling or donating items that can be of value to someone else. Why hold on to things you will probably never use? When you let go of things that have been draining you, you will began to feel a sense of lightness and well being. Visualize how you’ll feel after you complete a de-cluttering task. Think of what it feels like after you’ve cleaned out your car or closet, when you step back and admire your work. Remember that sensation the next time you approach a de-cluttering task. Even the smallest feeling of empowerment is incentive to move you in the right direction. Make de-cluttering a habit for life. Plan to clean out your vehicle at least once a week and keep it tidy by throwing out any trash every time you get gas. Don’t allow bills to pile up; set aside a regular time to pay them, and keep them organized in one place. Keep up to date on all your email—computer files create clutter, too! Never leave the house a mess. Make your bed every morning and set a routine before you leave. Pick up any clothes on the floor and make sure the dishes are washed or in the dishwasher. Make a conscious effort to live a clutter free life. De-cluttering increases your energy and efficiency, gives you peace of mind, and creates space for positive change and to fulfill your life’s purpose. Having too much clutter can put your life on hold. Spring is the perfect time to clear up your space and allow new positive energy to flow into your life!   Nikk Zorbas is a personal development coach and author of “Discovering Your Personal Power.” To learn more visit



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Spotlight on Citrus Citrus fruits are in season so it is a great time to make them the signature flavor in your dishes. I put together a simple, fresh dinner that showcases the flavor of citrus fruits. All these dishes incorporate the same fruit, herbs and spices to create a harmonious meal. This light dinner pairs perfectly with chilled white wine sangria.

Grilled Citrus shrimp 1lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined Marinade: Juice of one large lemon, one orange and ½ of one grapefruit. ¼ cup of olive oil ½ teaspoon of garlic salt ½ teaspoon of ground pepper 1. Place raw shrimp and marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag and work the ingredients together ensuring the shrimp is well coated. Set aside and allow shrimp to marinate for a minimum of 20 minutes; turn the bag over once or twice when marinating to coat evenly. 2. Skewer the shrimp or use a grilling basket, whichever you prefer. If using bamboo skewers soak them in warm water for 5- 10 minutes before using, this will keep them from burning or lighting on fire on the grill. If you are using a grilling basket coat it with cooking spray to keep the shrimp from sticking. 3. Heat your grill to medium high; you should be able to hold your hand over it for 4-5 seconds. Cook shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side depending on size. Shrimp are done when the surface has changed color.

Pasta with Hearts of Palm and Sweet Peppers 1lb of your favorite pasta, I used Gigli 1 can hearts of palm, drained and sliced into ¼ inch rounds 5-6 small sweet red, orange or yellow peppers cut into strips Dressing: Juice of one large lemon, one orange and ½ of one grapefruit. ¼ cup of olive oil ½ teaspoon of garlic salt ½ teaspoon of ground pepper 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning 1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside. 2. Cook pasta according to package instructions. 3. Toss pasta, hearts of palm and peppers together and chill for 30 minutes.


White Wine Sangria The bottom line is it doesn’t matter what kind of fruit you use! I generally change it up depending on what is fresh at the market or what other ingredients I am cooking with. This is a delicious combination of citrus and exotic fruit. 1-2 bottles of your favorite white wine; I recommend Pinot Grigio 1 lemon peeled and sliced 1 lime peeled and sliced 1 grapefruit peeled and sliced 1 mango peeled and sliced 1 kiwi peeled and sliced Combine all ingredients in a glass pitcher and chill for a minimum of one hour. Enjoy!

Fresh Zucchini Salad ½ lb zucchini, sliced thin ½ lb yellow crookneck squash, sliced thin Parmesan cheese for garnish Dressing: Juice of one large lemon, one orange and ½ of one grapefruit. ¼ cup of olive oil ½ teaspoon of garlic salt ½ teaspoon of ground pepper 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning 1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients. 2. Toss zucchini and squash together, add dressing and chill for 30 minutes. 3. Garnish with fresh shaved parmesan cheese. I like to use a vegetable peeler when shaving the cheese; it gives you nice big pieces.


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V I E W O N By Celece Seegmiller


Summer is just around the corner and in Mesquite that means: HEAT! While we embrace the mild winters and the beautiful days during the fall and spring, many find that summer is a good time to get away from the rising temperatures. If you are looking for a great vacation this summer where you can cool off and see spectacular scenery, consider a cruise through the icy waters of Alaska. Immense in size and landscape, many like to experience Alaska from the calm waters that hug its striking coastline. Cruise ships provide the vacation essentials—luxurious rooms, scrumptious dining, relaxing spas, first-class entertainment for adults and children alike—and Alaska provides the scenery—picturesque villages bursting with culture, humpback whales swimming alongside, dense forestland engulfing the distance. From May to September, premier cruise lines set sail from Seattle or Vancouver with their compasses pinned on North. Most ocean liners voyage along the great Alaskan shores by one of two routes: the Inside Passage or the Glacier Route. Vessels traveling the Inside Passage meander through the channels and fjords of Alaska’s panhandle to hidden villages only gold miners know. The Glacier Route bypasses the inner channels and follows the coastline further north, visiting unsurpassed glaciers and seaports en route to Seward, a stepping-stone to Anchorage and the interior. Here cruises are combined with land tours of Denali National Park, Fairbanks, and more. The ports of call along either route rival the majestic scenery, beginning with your ship’s likely starting point—Vancouver or Seattle. Your first stop will be Ketchikan, Alaska’s southernmost port. Originally a rugged town for loggers and fisherman to blow off steam, this “Salmon Capital of Alaska” has since renovated its unique waterfront area to welcome its many visitors. Hop off the boat and visit the Totem Heritage, which houses the world’s largest collection of totem poles. Further north, up Stephens Passage, your ship will port in Juneau, Alaska’s capital. Gold put this city on the map, but today Juneau relishes its cosmopolitan feel while still embracing its wilderness suburbs. While docked, strike it rich at the Gold Rush Historic District or take a bus tour of the Mendenhall Glacier for a truly eye-opening experience. The next stop is Skagway, a small town with major appeal. Skagway exploded overnight in 1898, when the town


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It’s Pool Time, in a nutshell

By Kirk Sullivan The cold weather coats are put away. Our bathing suites are on and we’re ready to jump into the pool. But WAIT! Have you done your due diligence? And I don’t mean just skimming the leaves off the top. Have you cleaned your filter, shocked the pool, used a flocculation treatment and balanced the water chemistry? You know, the technical stuff. It may seem complicated, but it’s how you give yourself a fighting chance of staying ahead of poor water quality issues. According to the Washington State Public Health Association one person can release up to two pints of perspiration per hour in the pool. Perspiration is made up largely of nitrogen waste, urea, a major contributing source of pool water contamination and is responsible for many pool problems including cloudy water. There are two main reasons for poor water quality issues in a swimming pool and spa. The first is poor circulation. This is an easy fix. Check to see that the skimmer baskets are clean and clear of debris. Check the pump pot basket is also clean and clear of debris. Be sure to check and empty these baskets regularly. Clean the pool filter. This may be a daunting task for some and may require professional assistance. Remember, you can never make a filter too clean, check often and clean as needed.

The second is poor water chemistry. Even in clear water, issues can be lurking. Without proper maintenance pool and spa water can become contaminated with bacteria and parasitic pathogens. Using a good quality test kit check the following levels in your water: • • • •

Free chlorine residual, 1-3 PPM (parts per million), this is the chlorine level needed to kill bacteria and parasitic pathogens. PH level, 7.4 to 7.6, this tests the acidity level of your water. Total alkalinity, 80- 100 PPM, this helps keep the PH steady. Total dissolved solids (TDS), 1000- 2000, this is everything chemical that exists in a soluble form. It is important to repeat this test regularly. Once your TDS levels become too high the only way to correct it is to drain and refill your pool.

Be sure to follow the test kit manufactures directions completely, as test procedures may vary among test kits. For solutions to these and many other swimming pool and spa problems or concerns, contact your local pool and spa professionals.

Happy swimming! Kirk Sullivan is the owner of The Pool Shark, LLC of Mesquite, Nevada. Kirk can be reached at (702) 303-8512.


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Restoration along the River – the Rise and By Elise McAllister, founder of Partners In Conservation

The Virgin River meanders back and forth between its wide banks which can be more than a half a mile apart, thus creating an expansive riparian ecosystem in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The Muddy River, only 30 miles away, is the exact opposite, a narrow, slow-moving waterway encased between two close, parallel banks with no room for a healthy riparian zone. The Virgin River provides ample ground water, creating and maintaining a flourishing diversity of habitat and wildlife. While being a life sustaining treasure, that ground water can also be a curse as the tamarisk and other noxious and invasive weeds thrive in the same environment. Once devoid of these invasive species, the Virgin River, like many other riverine systems in the southwest, is now choked with tamarisks which long ago crowded out most of the native species. The two monster floods of 2005 and 2010 appeared to ‘wash away’ those tamarisks as whole sections of the river bottom were laid bare after the flood waters receded. Unfortunately, this bareness was quickly replaced with literally tens of thousands of tamarisks growing in every acre. After the 2005 flood and the rapid population growth in the Mesquite area, the City of Mesquite was required to complete mitigation work due to construction of a large subdivision partially filled in several desert washes. The Army Corp of Engineers has jurisdictional authority over this matter and approved the City’s plan to complete mitigation work in the river corridor to balance the negative impact the subdivisions created in the dry desert washes. The City of Mesquite, through their partnership and Memo of Understanding with Partners In Conservation, PIC, commenced mitigation work just south of the Hughes Middle School by removing tamarisks and other invasive plants and planting native ones. All was going well and over 40,000 tamarisks had been removed, when the flood of December, 2010 hit. The flood transformed the landscape, laying vast tracts of the river bottom, once again, barren and lifeless. Even though this had happened, the City was still obligated to complete mitigation work on the site next to the Hughes Middle School; so once again, they turned to PIC and developed a more realistic approach that factored in floods occurring. Experts were consulted and everyone agreed that the City’s plan was logical and appropriate. Work began along the stream bank immediately parallel to the Hughes Middle School facilities first. Removing tamarisks and planting native trees, shrubs, and grasses right along the edge would help with bank stabilization and could reduce erosion of the stream bank during the next big flood.


Fall of Tamarisks Although the dike was gone—which was where people rode their ATVs and motorcycles to get around the original mitigation site---the City was still obligated by the Army Corp of Engineers and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to manage OHV use, so the City and PIC worked to enhance a user created trail and encouraged people to stay on that main trail. And what a great trail it is! People can ride through the riparian area and enjoy the many willows and cottonwoods, the quail, rabbits, lizards, and other creatures that live along the water’s edge, the ducks and birds that need water to survive. And now it is 2013! Time flies by and the years quickly pass. The flood of 2005 and the emergency dike that was built to protect the Hughes Middle School, the City’s hiking trail, and their waste water treatment plant is a distant memory. The countless student volunteers that removed tamarisks and worked on the project between the two floods have graduated and grown up. The flood of December, 2010 came and went. PIC and the army of volunteers waited impatiently for nature to respond to that flood. And respond nature did! One year later (spring of 2012), many, many trees and shrubs started growing—Coyote Willows by the hundreds, Gooding Willows and Cottonwoods were also popping up as was Arrow Weed, Quail’s Brush, and unfortunately, thousands of tamarisks popped up too. Seedlings burst from the ground; from buried logs, dozens of new trees sprang up—tamarisks were everywhere and the army of volunteers swarmed in, relentlessly pulling and digging the tamarisks up. Spring of 2013 finds the army of volunteers still scouring the area in search of tamarisks to pull or dig up, but the native vegetation is growing so well, that many tamarisks are unable to get established— and those that do, are quickly pulled or dug up. What a difference a few years make; the site is now a healthy, vibrant riparian system, home to literally thousands and thousands of native plants, home to a diverse range of wildlife, and not so much of a home for tamarisks. The rise and fall of tamarisks should be the tagline for the history of the Virgin River, its floods, and especially its faithful and enduring volunteers! Partners In Conservation, PIC, is a non-profit in Southern Nevada focusing on public land issues. For more information or to volunteer email us at or call Elise at 702-219-2033.


CELEBRATING OUR ARMED FORCES By CSM John F. Dearing (USAR) Ret. Citizens of this country have a way of celebrating almost everything. But, we really go all out to celebrate and remember our armed service members. The three significant military holidays are Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day and Veterans Day. They all seem similar, but each has a history of how it came about, and slight differences on why they are celebrated. ARMED FORCES DAY The United States celebrates their Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday of May. Created on August 31, 1949, Armed Forces Day was to replace separate service days after the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. However, each branch of the service still celebrates their “day” - Army Day is June 14, Air Force Day is August 1, Coast Guard Day is August 4, Navy Day is October 13 and Marine Corps Day is November 10. In Mesquite, Armed Forces Day is celebrated by Sun City Mesquite residents and their guests. An honor guard posts the colors with a brief ceremony in the morning. Contests and games start shortly culminating with a BBQ and entertainment by the Sun City Sounds singing group in the afternoon. This is the fifth year for the Sun City Mesquite Armed Forces Day celebration and is a major fund raiser for the Mesquite Veterans Center. For more information please visit MEMORIAL DAY Originally known as Decoration Day, proclaimed on 5 May 1868, Memorial Day originated after the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. After World War I the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars. It is now celebrated as a federal holiday on the last Monday in May. In Mesquite, Memorial Day is observed with the reverence and solemnity it was intended to have. It is held on May 27 at Veterans Park on Hillsdale Drive. Local Boy Scouts place American flags on graves of former military veterans. At 7:45, Dennis Hangey plays reveille. At 8:00, the honor guard from the Veterans Center posts the colors, followed by an invocation. Decked out in full dress uniforms, the chiefs of the Mesquite Fire and Police departments place a memorial wreath while the honor guard fires a 21 gun salute. After a few honored speakers deliver their brief commemorations to the fallen, there is a benediction and Taps, played by bugler Ron Bird. “We keep it simple,” says Al Litman, coordinator of the event. “It is a very dignified, the way it should be remembered.” VETERANS DAY An armistice was declared on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, causing a temporary cessation of hostilities in World War I. Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning in 1919, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to all military veterans. Veterans Day in Mesquite is observed with the 1000 Flags over Mesquite program and an annual parade.


VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL TRAVELING WALL This year before the official Veterans Day celebration in November, the Mesquite Veterans Center is bringing another memorable salute to Mesquite, one of the replicas of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Escorted by a motorcycle “patriot guard,” the replica will arrive on October 23. Once set up at the field just south of the recreation center on Old Mill Road, the “wall” will be displayed until October 27. There are at least five Vietnam War Memorial replicas traveling the nation. This one is provided by the American Veteran Traveling Tribute out of Flint, Texas. It is 4/5s the size of the actual memorial in our nation’s capitol, standing eight feet high at its apex and is 370 feet long, the largest of the traveling walls. “We plan on a full week of activities to celebrate the homecoming of our Vietnam veterans,” says Jim Brown, Veterans service officer (VSO), Mesquite Veterans Center. “Not only to recognize the sacrifice of those 58,000 whose names are on the wall, but to celebrate those who made it back.” For more information on these and other Armed Forces holidays and activities visit the Veterans Center at 840 Hafen Ln, call (702) 345-3361 or visit their website at



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Highland Manor Care Giver Support Service Mesquite Senior Center 2nd & 4th Tuesday - 2-3pm 102 West Old Mill Rd. Terra Shreve (702) 346-7666 Child Protective Services Hotline (702) 399-0081 City Council Meetings 2nd & 4th Tuesdays – 5 pm City Hall (Upstairs) (702) 346-5295 Clark County Rural Democratic Caucus (702) 715-8403 Desert Dames Doris Groene (702) 469-2525 Desert Fox Flyers Radio Control Flying Club (702) 346-3788 Exchange Club of Mesquite Tuesdays – 12:00 noon Mesa View Hospital (702) 346-6633

Mesquite Arts Council For the Performing Arts 150 N. Yucca, Suite 23 (702) 346-2787 Mesquite Cancer Help Society 2nd Tuesday – 2:30 pm 150 N. Yucca, Room #36 (702) 346-0622 Mesquite High Rollers Motorcycle Club (702) 346-3440 Mesquite Parkinson’s Support Group Charlene Lustig (702) 346-6500 Mesquite Republican Women 2nd Wednesday – 5:30 pm 840 Hafen Ln (Veterans Center) Janey Castro (702) 613-4159 Mesquite Rotary Club Tuesdays – 12:00 noon Nevada Bank & Trust Ron Bird – (702) 346-7025

Virgin River Hotel Casino 100 E. Pioneer Blvd. (702) 346-7777

Greater Mesquite Arts Foundation Mesquite Campus (702) 346-1232

Mesquite Sunrise Rotary Thursdays – 7:30 am Mesquite Playoffs Jacque Hart – (702) 345-8665

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Knights of Columbus 1st Tuesday – 6:15 pm Falcon Ridge Hotel 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd.

Red Hat Divas of Mesquite Chapter 25712 Red Hat Society Sandi Sorenson (702) 345-6770

Kokopelli ATV Club Charlie – (702) 345-3672

Republicans Team Nevada Victory Office 355 W. Mesquite Blvd unit C-80 Contact: Blake Garfield (702) 245-4126

Alcoholics Anonymous Sharing & Caring AA Groups 150 N. Yucca, Room #18 (Spanish Speaking Meetings) (702) 346-6315 (435) 215-8653 Al-Anon Family Group 150 N. Yucca, Room #18 Jan – (702) 533-3960 Lynn – (928) 347-5478

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Information Guide Vietnam Veterans of America Veterans Center 840 Hafen Ln (702) 345-3361 Virgin Valley Amateur Radio Club Fire Station #2 (at the Airport) Charlie Lum Kee (702) 345-4646 Virgin Valley Community Food Bank Mondays Only 3 pm – 5:30 pm Thrift Store, M-F 9 am – 4 pm, Sat 9am – 1 pm 107 First South (702) 346-0900 Virgin Valley Family Services 312 W. Mesquite Blvd. Se Habla Espanol (702) 346-7277 Virgin Valley Theater Group 3rd Tuesday – 6 pm Mesquite Campus, Room #19 Teri – (702) 533-8546 We Care For Animals 1st Thursday – 6 pm (702) 346-3326 City Information City Hall (702) 346-5295 City Jail 500 Hillside Drive (702) 346-6925 Animal Control (702) 346-5268 Building Department (702) 346-2835

Fire Department Emergency – 911 Fire Administration Office (702) 346-2690 Police Department Emergency – 911 Non-emergency (702) 346-6911 Senior Center 102 W. Old Mill Road (702) 346-5290

Mesquite Lutheran Church (702) 346-5811 Mesquite United Methodist Church (702) 346-4663 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (702) 346-3390 or 346-0503 River Valley Bible Church (702) 346-0339

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Virgin Valley Heritage Museum 35 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-5705 Worship Calvary Chapel of Mesquite (702) 346-7583 Christian Community Church (702) 346-2698 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (702) 346-8888 First Baptist Church (702) 346-7061 Graceway Alliance (702) 346-8667 La Virgen De Guadalupe Catholic Church (702) 346-7065

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Municipal Court (702) 346-5291

Mesquite Christian Center (702) 346-5164

Historic Beaver Dam (928) 347-2222 Canyons (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820 CasaBlanca (702) 346-6764 Conestoga (702) 346-4292 Coyote Willows (702) 345-3222 Falcon Ridge (702) 346-6363 Palmer (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820 Palms (702) 346-4067 Wolf Creek (702) 346-1670


Advertisers Directory A Beautiful Day Window Cleaning . . . . . . . .55

Mesquite Veterinary Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Ace Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

Mr Pawn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

All Pros Real Estate- Sharon Szarzi . . . . . . . .55

Nick Zorbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

Anytime Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

Nini’s Hair & Nails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

Baird Painting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Oasis Chiropractic Center. . . . . . . . . . . . .57

Bank of Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

Peggy Sue’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53

C & K Shutters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Pizza Hut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Canyon Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Polynesian Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Checks-N-Mail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

Quality 1 Realty Angela Brooks-Reese . . . . . . 1

Clark County Rural Democratic Caucus. . . . . .55

Quality 1 Realty Beverly Rineck. . . . . . . . . .58

Cucina Italiana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53

Quality 1 Realty Bret Lower. . . . . . . . . . . .57

Desert Gold Realty- Merlin Hafen . . . . . . . . 58

Quality 1 Realty Debbie Spitale. . . . . . . . . .56

Desert Oasis Spa & Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Quality 1 Realty Patty Brooks. . . . . . . . . . .57

Elite Shredding, Utah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

Quality 1 Realty Terree Knutson . . . . . . . . . 59

Eureka Casino Hotel . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

Rager & Sons Refrigeration. . . . . . . . . . . .56

Evolve Pest Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

Ready Golf & Gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Farmers Insurance- Bill Mitchell. . . . . . . . . .58

Redd Hills Cinema. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Five Star Vein Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Reliance Connects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Geminis Jewelry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

Remax Ridge Realty- Beverly Powers Uhlir. . . .59

Golf Performance Studio- Rob Kreiger. . . . . .57

Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery. . . . . .54

Guns & Guitars, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Royal Water Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Hangey’s Custom Upholstering. . . . . . . . . .55

Samurai 21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

Heritage Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Santa Fe Ceramics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Holiday Inn Express and Suites. Inside Back Cover

Silver Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Hues & Vues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Silverado Mechanical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating . . . . . . . 58

State Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

Jadde Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Stephens Hair Etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

J.B.’s Valley Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

Studio SE7EN, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets. . . . . . . .27

Sun City Mesquite- Deb Parsley . . . . . . . . . 57

Klasik Kloset Consignment Boutique. . . . . . .54

The PC Guy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

La De Paws. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

The Pool Shark LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

Mesa View Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

The Travel Connection, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Mesquite Ford- Dave Heath . . . . . . . . . . . 59

View on Mesquite. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Mesquite Home Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Virgin Valley Artist Association . . . . . . . . . .56

Mesquite Lock Doc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

Virgin Valley Dental . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover

Mesquite Playoffs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53

Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. . . . . . . . . .54

Mesquite Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Western Exterminator Company . . . . . . . . .58

Mesquite Tile & Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Wolf Creek Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52


Area Highlights and Local Events MAY May 1st

6 pm

May 2nd- 5th

Mesquite Days For the full schedule of events, see page 20. For more information on this

and other programs please contact the Department of Athletics & Leisure Services at

Concert on the Grass at the Amphitheater in front of City Hall

(702) 346-8732.

May 4th

3 pm and 7 pm The Attic is a full stage production show presented at the Mesquite

Community Theatre. See below for ticket info **

May 6- 25

10 am- 4 pm Virgin Valley Public School Student Art Exhibition hosted at The Mesquite Fine

Arts Gallery. For more information call (702) 346-1338 or email

May 14th

5 pm City Council Meeting- City Hall - 10 E Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, NV

May 17th, 24th, 25th

7 pm The Subject was Roses Dramatic play presented by Mesquite Community Theatre. See below for ticket info **

May 18th

2 pm The Subject was Roses Dramatic play presented by Mesquite Community Theatre.

See below for ticket info **

May 18th

Armed Forces Day Celebration held at Sun City Mesquite. For more information contact

Mesquite Veterans Center (702) 345- 3361

May 18th

7 pm CASAPOOLOOZA at CasaBlanca’s lagoon pool. Shows start at 7pm and are for guests 21 years and older.

May 27th

7:45 am Memorial Day Observance held at Veterans Park on Hillsdale Drive. For more

information see the article on page 48 Or contact Mesquite Veterans Center (702) 345- 3361.

May 27th

11th Annual Mesquite Amateur presented by the Mesquite Resort Association. For

event details visit To register for the event call 888-711-4653

ext 51 or email


June 1st

7 pm Color by Numbers presented by From the Top School of Dance at Mesquite

Community Theater. For tickets call (702) 346-2472

June 3rd- 29th

A Perfect 10 Art Exhibition Hosted at Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery. For details about this

event, please visit Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery at 15 W. Mesquite Blvd or call (702) 346-1338

June 4th

Election Day- General Elections to elect two council members. Mesquite Polling Locations:

Sun City Mesquite Recreation Center and Mesquite Campus Library - Deuce 2 Bldg.

June 7th- 8th

Vegas Valley Baseball Association held at Pioneer and Hunter Sports Parks

June 8th

7 pm CASAPOOLOOZA at CasaBlanca’s lagoon pool. Shows start at 7pm and are for

guests 21 years and older.

June 11th

5 pm City Council Meeting- City Hall - 10 E Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, NV

June 25th

5 pm City Council Meeting- City Hall - 10 E Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, NV

**Mesquite Community Theatre Box Office is located at 150 N. Yucca Street. Phone: (702) 345-4499 Box office hours: 4pm-7pm Thursday and Friday, 9am- 12pm Saturday Every Friday 7 pm- 12:45 am

Live Country music in The River Lounge at Virgin River Casino. For more information please call

(877) 438-2929 or visit

8 pm- 12:45 am

CasaBlanca Lounge Entertainment at CasaBlanca Casino. For more information please call

(800) 459-7529 or visit

6 pm- 8 pm

Stateline Casino Pool Tournament at Stateline Casino. For more information please call

(702) 346-5752 or visit

8 pm- 1 am

Stateline Casino Karaoke at Stateline Casino. For more information please call (702) 346-5752 or


8 pm- 3 am

Eureka Season’s Lounge Entertainment at Eureka Casino. For more information please call

(702) 346-4600 or visit


Mesquite Senior Center Happenings MESQUITE DAY’S Break out your poodle skirt or your favorite set of 1960s vintage beads. The Community and Senior Center is hosting an authentic 50s and 60s sock hop—a musical blast from the past. The Sock Hop will be held Friday, May 3rd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mesquite Recreation Center, 100 W. Old Mill Road. This event will bring back fond memories for some and introduce a fantastic genre of fun and toe-tapping music for young people of all ages. From classic rock to R&B and Doo- Wop, the Sock Hop will offer up a variety of music guaranteed to please everyone. This event will prove to be a fun entertainment experience for singles, couples and families alike. Free Event. Hotdogs, cheeseburgers, root beer floats, french fries, banana splits, sodas and more will be available for purchase. Come join us and have fun!

Mesquite Senior Center 102 W. Mill Road, Mesquite

ZUMBATHON FOR MESQUITE DAYS Four days of fun in the sun begins Thursday, May 2, 2013 as Mesquite Days 2013 kicks off its annual event. Mesquite Days features a carnival, parade, vendor and exhibitors and entertainment. This year the Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services-Senior Division are hosting a Mesquite Day’s ZUMBATHON®. This event will be held at the Mesquite Recreation Center on Saturday, May 4, from 6-8:30 p.m. The concession stand will be open for your convenience. Come join us! Have a great night of fun and meeting new people. Meet and Greet the Mesquite Zumba® Fitness Instructors and enjoy the music. This event is open to the community. Event is free of charge.

PARTNERING FOR AWARENESS & COMMUNITY EDUCATION (PACE) EVENT The Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (NGCDD) in collaboration with the City of Mesquite Department of Athletics & Leisure Services will be hosting a Disability Awareness and Resource Fair, also known as a P.A.C.E. Event (Partnering for Awareness and Community Education) on Thursday April 25,

(702) 346-5290 2013 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Mesquite Senior Center located at 102 Old Mill Road. Thursday’s event will be an excellent opportunity for community members to connect with local organizations committed to serving and supporting those with disabilities. Guest speakers from Silver State Housing Council and Nevada SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) will be sharing information on a variety of topics. Rebuilding All Goals Efficiently and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center and Aging and Disability Services will also be in attendance. The event will include workshops, speakers, resource tables, snacks, and free flu shots for all attendees.

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