Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Awards More than $360,000 in Grants to Community Organizations

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based hospital system, has made $364,332 in grant awards to seven nonprofit collaborations in Henderson and Las Vegas. St. Rose has awarded grants to community programs for more than 20 years. 

Community organization recipients were $75,195 for Mobilizing Medical Care for the Homeless – Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, $60,000 for Second Responders 911 Referral Program –Las Vegas CHIPS, $99,503 for Grow the Veggie Buck Truck –Together We Can, $54,634 for Training Promotores –Vision Y Compromiso, $25,000 for transportation for homebound –Lend a Hand of Boulder City, $25,000 for Trac-B Need Exchange –Nevada AIDS Research and Education Society and $25,000 for Keeping Kids Fit –Vegas PBS.

To be selected for a grant, an organization or program must meet one or more of the following criteria: address the greatest health needs of the community, emphasize prevention to address the underlying cause of health problems, contribute to a seamless continuum of care, build upon and mobilize existing services in the community, and engage diverse community stakeholders in implementation and oversight.

City Council Approves Resolution Offering Land for Sale to Raiders for Practice Facility and Corporate Headquarters

The Henderson City Council unanimously approved a resolution offering the Raiders organization the opportunity to purchase a 55-acre parcel of land near the Henderson Executive Airport for a football practice facility and corporate headquarters.

The minimum price for the property, which will be offered through a direct sale under the resolution, is set at $6.05 million. The project’s developer has advised the city that the headquarters and practice facility will create an estimated 250 full-time jobs for nonplayers and will lead to an investment of $75 million in the parcel, which is being offered for sale by the city at a reduced price because of the economic benefits it will bring to Henderson.

In a presentation to the mayor and city council, city staff outlined the potential economic benefits to the community that would accompany the creation of the Raiders corporate headquarters and practice facility, including enhancement of the city’s tax base, encouraging additional high-quality development in West Henderson near the Henderson Executive Airport and attracting additional tourism to Henderson. Over a 30-year period, the proposed facility would generate nearly $14 million in estimated property taxes that can be used to invest in enhancing public safety, building new infrastructure, improving education and other key Henderson priorities.

Nevada State College Welcomes New Chief of Staff and Director of Marketing & Events

Nevada State College in Henderson has hired two key members of the institution’s leadership team: Amber Lopez Lasater has been named chief of staff, and LaNelda Rolley has been named director of marketing and events.

Lasater brings a strong background in public service and education and an impressive track record of advancing policy in Southern Nevada. In her most recent role, she served as the director of politics and strategic communications for the Clark County Education Association where she regularly provided strategic advice to the executive director and president regarding internal and external matters and effectively implemented various initiatives. She earned a bachelor’s in intercultural communication and a master’s in community and regional planning from University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

As chief of staff, Lasater will serve as a senior adviser to the college president and work to implement the strategic initiatives of the office of the president. Additionally, she’ll collaborate with other members of the institution’s leadership team to develop, prioritize and assist in executing the mission, vision and strategies of Nevada State College.

Rolley brings more than 20 years of experience in various facets of marketing and management in the private and public sectors, including higher education. In her new role, she’ll provide leadership and oversight of the college’s communications and marketing initiatives, and promote institutional branding.

Rolley comes to Nevada State College from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as the director of marketing and communications for the Division of Educational Outreach. Before that, she was a marketing communications specialist for the UNLV Public Lands Institute. Before coming to Nevada, Rolley was appointed by the governor of New Mexico to serve as cabinet secretary and deputy secretary for the New Mexico Department of Tourism, where she led the state’s branding efforts. A former radio and television news reporter and sports anchor, Rolley’s work has appeared in several national publications and been recognized with numerous awards. Rolley has a bachelor’s in journalism and master’s in marketing, management and tourism development from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Michelle Romero Announces Bid for Henderson City Council Ward  

Michelle Romero hosted a campaign launch party to announce her bid for Henderson City Council Ward I. Family, friends and the community joined Romero for the official announcement. Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson and Henderson City Councilwoman Gerri Schroder praised Romero for her civic service experience, passion for community and skills needed for the position.

Romero delivered her first official campaign speech addressing her vision for the city of Henderson.

“I have been a Henderson resident since birth. I love this city and its residents,” she said. “I feel it is my duty to give back and ensure residents have the opportunity to weigh in on important issues in our community.”

Serving the city of Henderson for more than 25 years, Romero currently owns a consulting firm that specializes in redevelopment, economic development and planning issues. She serves on the Community Advisory Board for Henderson Hospital and is also a board member for Parallel Innovation Labs, a nonprofit organization created to build educational and laboratory infrastructure to have a rich science and tech ecosystem in southern Nevada.

Vegas PBS Accepting Submissions for 19th Annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Vegas PBS is accepting original story submissions for the 2018 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Stories with illustrations by students grades K-5 will be accepted. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, March 23 to be eligible. Entries must be mailed or hand-delivered to Vegas PBS Ready To Learn, 3050 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121. The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, interactive learning.

Stories will be judged on creativity and originality of plot and themes; story structure and use of literary devices; and relevance, quality and originality of illustrations.

The top three winners in each grade level will be honored at a recognition ceremony at Vegas PBS in which the awardees will learn their placements. First place winners will receive a scholarship to attend the Southern Nevada Writing Project’s Summer Youth Writing Camp, a five-day program allowing students to enhance their talents and build their confidence as storytellers under the guidance of skilled educators who possess a passion for teaching writing. Prizes also include a trophy, framed enlargements of their work and additional reading and writing resources, all sponsored by Janice Allen. All students who enter will receive a personalized certificate to recognize their participation.

To learn more about the Vegas PBS KIDS Writers Contest, view the application form, review all contest rules and see winning stories from 2017, visit VegasPBS.org/Writers-Contest.