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Clark County School District discussing later start times for high school students

School start times for Las Vegas high school students could be changing soon.

Remember back to when you were in school? Starting the school day later, and  was always OUR suggestion, but no one listened! Well it might be happening here in Clark County – at least on one end of the school day.

School now starts at 7:20 a.m. Students, and some parents say it’ just too early. The American Academy of Pediatrics says, 8:30 a.m. is the best time for middle and high school students to give the right amount of sleep needed.

California was the first state to go with later school start times but other states like Alaska, New York, New Jersey and Tennessee are looking to follow.

Those in favor of a later start time say academic performance improves, along with better health, when kids get enough sleep. On the other hand, educators who are opposed to the later start time say there’s counterproductive domino effect of students sleeping later if they start later.

The majority of the board was in favor of the time change. Tim Hughes, a board member, said, “I’m not sure if mandating certain times makes sense but are there ways to incentivize the system? You should have multiple options, parents can’t afford transportation.”

During the meeting, members discussed the possible need for more bus drivers and teachers if the time change were to happen.

Vice President of the board Mark Newburn said the change of time really could be a good idea. “… I have calculus at 7 a.m. at Rancho High School and it was not a good experience.”

Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara attended the board meeting and told the board that the research is “very clear” but questions the logistics to make it a possibility for the nation’s fifth-largest school district.

Jara said, “When you think about it, it makes sense, but what do we do with our elementary schools? Who do we delay, who do we start earlier?”

The board plans to hold a future workshop to receive feedback and ideas from the state’s school superintendents along with the community to understand priorities for families.

What are your thoughts on this as a parent? As a student?

Next up – can we discus that national four day work week? I need to run for office…

-Carla Rea


Las Vegas Says "NO" To Puppy Mills!

On Tuesday The Clark County Commission unanimously approved an ordinance designed to reduce demand for puppy mills, which force captive dogs to produce multiple litters a year, for as long as a decade, often in horrible conditions that jeopardize the health of the mother and her babies.

Commissioner Michael Naft sponsored the ordinance, which will allow pet stores in unincorporated Clark County to sell only animals received from shelters and rescue organizations.

“Clark County is generally accustomed to being the leader on issues in the state,” Naft said, adding that in this case, the county is following the lead of some 400 municipalities that have adopted similar bans, including North Las Vegas and Reno. Pet store sales remain legal in Henderson and the City of Las Vegas, which approved a ban but repealed it in 2017. “I invite my colleagues in these cities yet to act, to consider a similar policy,” Naft said after the meeting.

The ordinance is intended to help stem overcrowding in shelters. Southern Nevada, like much of the nation, is in the midst of an animal overpopulation crisis. The Animal Foundation, is struggling to keep its doors open, yet you currently have to make an appointment to turn in a stray dog. As of the time of the Commission meeting, the next appointment is six weeks away.”

Speakers during the public comment portion of the meeting complained that pet stores are allowed to sell animals that have not been sterilized, further contributing to overpopulation. Rescues and shelters are prohibited from releasing animals that have not been spayed or neutered.

Naft said the ordinance is the “humane thing to do and the fiscally responsible thing to do,” noting the County spends $2.6 million a year on the Animal Foundation, the municipal shelter,  and $3.7 million a year on its Animal Control Department. ”I think we need to, from a policy perspective, make sure that we’re not both funding the problem and funding the solution here.”

Pet store owners and their supporters suggest that shelter dogs are dangerous rejects and that only stores can provide healthy, purebred puppies, a notion dispelled by animal activists.

“Animal shelters, contrary to what the pet stores say, are not just filled with pitbulls and chihuahuas,” Lori Heeren, executive director of the Nevada Society for the Protection of Animals, told commissioners. “In the last month, NSPCA has taken in purebred Alaskan Huskies, German Shepherds, an English bulldog, a Maltese Scottish Terrier, a Chinese shar pei, a Doberman Pinscher, even a pug puppy and a French bulldog puppy – all given up by their owners. Sometimes these owners even give us the receipt from this puppy to show its value and usually the reason for surrendering the puppy is because they were not ready for it.”

“I understand that this will affect families’ livelihoods,” Heeren said of the ordinance. “But your pet store puppies are ending up in our shelter, and after pet stores have collected their checks, our small nonprofit has to fundraise to pay for them.”

“We need to unify instead of dividing and eliminating sources,” said pet store owner Joe Shamore, who argued that pet stores can’t be profitable without selling animals.

About 70% of U.S. households have at least one pet. Spending on pet products and services reached $123.6 billion last year$1,480 per dog and $902 per cat, according to the American Pet Care Association. Large retailers such as PetSmart and Petco do not sell dogs and cats but work with rescues to find homes.

Naft thanked former Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, who attempted to pass a similar ordinance six years ago.

Something needed to be done, and I hope this new ordinance helps!

Here are just a handful of Animal rescue/adoption agencies in Las Vegas.

-Carla Rea

  • The Animal Foundation

    The Animal Foundation was founded in 1978, is one of the highest volume single-site animal shelters in America. Their mission is to save all healthy and treatable animals in the Las Vegas Valley. Last year they saved over 15,500 lost, homeless, and often mistreated animals.

    Much like a public hospital, The Animal Foundation is an open-admission shelter, The Animal Foundation takes in every animal who comes to them in need, no matter how sick or injured. From the expected dogs, cats, and rabbits, to pigs, chickens, and exotic animals, they serve them all. Just like a hospital, unfortunately, they can’t save them all. What they can do, with the support of the community, is save every healthy and treatable animal who comes to them in need!

    The Animal Foundation is far reaching when it comes to adoptions. You can see all of their adoptable animals here.



  • Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

    Heaven Can Wait Animal Society was founded in 2000, as a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the senseless, unnecessary killing of cats and dogs in Las Vegas area shelters. Their team focuses on the critical need for high-volume, low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for companion animals and free-roaming cats. Heaven Can Wait Animal Society also facilitates educational programs and adoption opportunities.

    This is Hannah, and she would like a forever home!

    Heaven Can Wait



  • Nevada NSPCA

    Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in 1982, as Southern Nevada’s original no-kill shelter. They are a 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit organization that relies entirely on the generous donations of animal lovers like YOU to make our lifesaving work possible! Our shelter does not receive funding from any large national SPCA, ASPCA, or any government agency; we are an independent non-profit that serves Southern Nevada.
    Nevada SPCA takes in over 2,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small pets annually; treating each and every animal in our care as an individual with a name, identity, and unique personality. Our ultimate goal is to place them into loving homes where they can thrive, provide companionship, and maintain rewarding relationships with their human family.
    This is Armani, who would desperately like to go home with you!
    Nevada SPCA takes in over 2,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small pets annually; treating each and every animal in our care as an individual with a name, identity, and unique personality. Our ultimate goal is to place them into loving homes where they can thrive, provide companionship, and maintain rewarding relationships with their human family.
  • A Home 4 Spot

    A Home 4 Spot is a volunteer-based organization that provides foster care and medicine while seeking permanent homes for abandoned dogs. Founded by a Las Vegas resident, A Home 4 Spot began operations in March 2009. Since that time, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has saved over 6,500+ local dogs from being euthanized. Since the beginning of 2012, the organization has raised over $1,000,500 for the medical treatment of animals that would otherwise be killed.

  • Hearts Alive Village

    Hearts Alive Village Horse & Hooves Rescue and Sanctuary, is right here in Las Vegas. They had just begun building their sanctuary to rescue horses, donkeys, goats, pigs and other animals that need protection. But when 5 goats, 2 dogs and a beautiful horse named Annie needed their help, they couldn’t turn them away. Annie and her pals had been undernourished, neglected, and left to die.  They quickly built safe, temporary quarters but there is still so much more to do. And yes – they have cats and dogs too!

    Here’s Bobby the Goat, and Latte the Horse!

    Hearts Alive Village           Hearts Alive Village

    Photos: Hearts Alive Village


  • Poppy Foundation

    On October 6, 1995, a Siamese-mix cat arrived at Bonanza Cat Hospital for evaluation, when a volunteer feeding strays at a trailer park noticed the cat had a severe head tilt. Due to this medical condition, and after tests showed she was FIV positive (feline AIDS), it was determined that this kitty was unadoptable because she would need lifetime daily medication to keep her immune system in check. Bonanza Cat Hospital became her new home and she was named “Poppy.”

    Poppy had attitude! She delighted in standing on our examining room tables and taking swipes at the staff whenever they passed through. She also began to develop quite a reputation as our “official greeter,” casually sauntering out to the clinic waiting room with her tilted head and crooked mouth to “honor” a few lucky people by allowing them to pet her. Several clients began donating money towards her care and the cost of her medical needs.

    Sadly Poppy passed away September 20, 2001. They loved her dearly and miss her every day. In her honor, the Poppy Foundation was created.

    The Poppy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that rescues special needs, chronically ill, unadoptable and abused cats. These cats will live the remainder of their lives in the care of those at the foundation. They receive no federal funding and depend solely on charitable donations. Poppy is run entirely by volunteers who generously provide care and love to the cats.

    If you’d like to donate, sponsor, or buy something off their wishlist – to help kitties like Fuego, below – here is the link!

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