Category: MONEY

LAKE MEAD LAUNCH RAMPS TO UNDERGO $1.5 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS

BOULDER CITY, Nev.-A $1.5 million construction project will begin at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in late July to extend launch ramps at Lake Mead. With a current lake elevation of 1,075 feet, the concrete at five of the lake’s six launch ramps ends prior to the water. The ramps are still open, but boaters have to travel across gravel before reaching temporary pipe mat. Four-wheel drive is recommended because of this gap. Contractors will add concrete to ramps at Echo Bay, Callville Bay, Hemenway Harbor, Temple Bar and South Cove, so that these ramps reach the water, at its current elevation. At Boulder Harbor, the channel exiting the harbor will be excavated, making it deeper and more accessible for larger boats. No extensions are needed to the Boulder Harbor launch ramp because it has been paved to an elevation of about 1,060 feet. Construction should begin in late July and should be completed by the end of September. During construction, at least one lane at each ramp will remain open for public access to the lake. Funding for the project was provided by fees collected at entrance stations and the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. The contractors are Catworks Construction from Battle Ground, Washington, and DH Ortega Construction from Show Low,...

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LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SEEKS PLEDGES FOR NEW AIR SERVICE GRANT

BULLHEAD CITY–Officials from the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport said they are closing in on their matching funds goal to again help secure a federal air service grant for the Tri-State area. More than $438,000 has already been pledged by local and regional individuals, businesses and organizations. Pledges need to be submitted to the airport‘s administrative offices by July 15, 2015. The Mohave County Airport Authority (MCAA) is applying for a Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grant of $750,000, to be matched with local pledges and contributions. The SCASDP is a grant program within the U.S. Department of Transportation designed to help small communities address air service and airfare issues. “This is an economic development driver, which is why securing new air service has become so competitive across the country” said MCAA President John Hastings. “Scheduled air service to a world-class hub such as Denver could bring in over 14,000 new visitors annually and generate over $17 Million in local economic impact. This provides benefits of additional job creation and taxes generated in both Bullhead City and Laughlin.” Both financial pledge forms and letters of support will be collected by the MCAA and submitted as a group as part of the D.O.T application. Forms and suggested letters of support are also posted on the airport website, www.laughlinbullheadintlairport.com . Additional information is available by contacting the airport administrative office at 928-754-2134. Airport authority officials have met and/or negotiated with a number of airlines...

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Mohave County Saves Money on Energy Efficient Buildings

Lake Havasu City, AZ – The Mohave County Board of Supervisors received and accepted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) national Energy Star plaques and certificates for 17 of the county’s buildings. According to Supervisor Buster Johnson, out of those 17 buildings, 12 of them earned the EPA’s esteemed Energy Star, the national symbol for protecting the environment through energy performance. “Mohave County was the first rural county in the nation to have received this prestigious award,” Johnson stated. In 2006, Supervisor Johnson brought to the board the idea of joining with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to become an Energy Star Partner. With the help of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), seven Mohave County buildings were recognized in 2008 for being energy efficient under the program. Today that number is nearly double. “By ensuring our buildings have energy efficient products and practices, we are saving county taxpayer money,” Johnson said. According to Johnson, since 2005 the County’s Public Works Department has achieved a 10% reduction in energy savings. “The Arizona Corporation Commission just approved a 10% three year phased rate increase for Unisource which means Mohave County’s utilities are going to rise over the next several years,” Johnson explained. “By ensuring our buildings are energy efficient, we can help reduce these costs and save a substantial amount of money in the future,” Johnson continued. According to...

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Desert Hills Fire District AWARDED $741,000 SAFER GRANT

MOHAVE COUNTY-Desert Hills Fire Department was honored with the award of a $741,042.00 FEMA SAFER Grant. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accepts applications each year for a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. Desert Hills Fire applied in March of this year for this grant and July 2nd was notified of the award by Congressman Gosar’s office in Washington D.C.. Desert Hills Fire Department is very excited and honored to have been the 3rd Fire Department in the Nation to have been awarded the SAFER grant. The grant will allow the department to rehire the firefighters that were laid off this last January due to budget constraints and due to the expiration of the 2012 SAFER grant. The grant will allow the department to provide 4 men on each shift, giving added safety to each firefighter and added services to the Desert Hills...

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Expanded tax credit for education scholarships reaches cap

PHOENIX- In this year’s legislative session, an expansion of Arizona’s corporate tax credit for donations to Student Tuition Organizations (STOs) was passed and signed by Governor Doug Ducey. Sponsored by Representative Justin Olson, R-Mesa, the bill, HB 2153, added S Corporations to those allowed to receive a tax credit for donations to STOs. Often it is small businesses and even sole proprietorships that are filed as S Corporations. Applications for the tax credit opened up on July 1st, the start of the new fiscal year. At the close of business, on Monday July 6th, the Arizona Department of Revenue had processed over 300 applications. They estimate that the amount donated will reach $51.6 Million, the capped level allowed for such tax credits for fiscal year 2016. “Arizona business owners have truly stepped up, donating more than $50 million to help low-income families send their children to a school of their choice. Reaching the cap in less than a week demonstrates the commitment from our business community to help make sure our students have access to a quality education,” said Republican Majority Leader Steve Montenegro. “Because of the success of this program, many Arizona families will have the same opportunity that wealthier families do.” The total amount allowed for such tax credits is $51.6 Million in the 2016 fiscal year. The amount goes up by 20 percent each fiscal year. Tax...

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