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Service men and women honored at Boulder City ceremony

On this 60th anniversary of Veterans Day, people across the Las Vegas valley paid tribute to the brave men and women who served our country. A special event in Boulder City was an emotional remembrance of those who served. Patranya Bhoolsuwan has the highlights.

Park Ranger awarded for boating safety efforts

A park ranger from Lake Mead National Recreation Area has been named the Nevada Department of Wildlife Boating State Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Ranger Marc Burt was giving the honor.  

This is the first time that a park ranger with Lake Mead has been honored with the award.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administration presents this award in every state each year to the officer who contributes significantly to boating safety.

Burt started working for the recreation area in 1987. Besides being part of several search and rescues and being an outstanding boating officer, Burt has trained several officers for the park service, Clark County Fire Department, Hoover Dam Police and Metro Search and Rescue.

Burt is now being considered for a regional award. 

St. Jude's Ranch for Children Hosts Night of Lights

The ranch that works to help abused, neglected and homeless children around southern Nevada will open its doors again for the annual 7th annual Night of Lights.

The event at St. Jude's Ranch for Children will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and it open to members of the community.

Night of Lights will feature food, entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, s'mores and a silent auction, which benefits the children of the ranch. Guests will also be able to stroll through the spectacular decorations throughout the ranch's grounds.

There will of course be a visit from Santa Clause. Guests will get a chance to get their pictures taken with the Jolly Ol' Elf.

31ers Reunion and Luncheon Set for Saturday

The original people who called Boulder City home will be honored at the 57th annual 31ers reunion and luncheon Saturday.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boulder Dam Hotel.

At first, the term 31er referred to people who arrived in Boulder City in 1931 to work on what was then called the Boulder Dam, but has since been renamed Hoover Dam.

The term now refers to the first families who called Boulder City home and those who have been in Boulder City for more than 31 years.

The event has been around since 1956.

Southern Nevada Strong Holding Open Houses

Clark County officials want to hear what people think about how to improve life in the Las Vegas valley.

The regional planning initiative known as Southern Nevada Strong aims to better join together transportation, housing and job opportunities throughout southern Nevada.

To reach that goal, the group is holding a series of open houses throughout August and September. The events will feature a brief presentation from Southern Nevada Strong. Residents will then be given a chance to review the priorities and rank what areas they think to be addressed.

The first open house is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Avenue.

Here are the rest of the scheduled events:

Free Day at State Museums Saturday

To mark their newly expanded schedules, Nevada’s state museums will offer free admission Saturday.

The seven museums include two in southern Nevada. Train rides at the railroad museum Boulder City will be half-price.

The two southern Nevada locations are:

Hospital Foundation to Host Annual Gala

Hospital Foundation to Host Annual Gala

The Heart of the Community Gala is returning the Boulder City Friday to benefit the Boulder City Hospital's foundation.

This year's honoree will be former Boulder City Mayor Bob Ferraro. He is receiving the award for inspirational and devoted service to the community.

The gala is from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Boulder Creek Golf Course, 1501 Veterans Memorial Drive. Like in years past, the event is sold out.

The hospital recently received $13.9 million in federal loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture plus another $2.4 million loan from a private company to expand. The expansion will include a larger emergency room and an updated surgical center.