Citizens of Mesquite,

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In addition to being your council member, I am your representative for the Southern Nevada Health District and I will always update you on the latest news in that area.

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Health News

Here are the most recent COVID-19 numbers compiled by the Southern Nevada Health District, as of October 6, 2021.
The 7-day moving average is on the downswing.
Mobile COVID-19 testing at The Jimmie Hughes Campus is administered by Curative, Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This is a shallow nasal PCR test, is self-collected and painless.

Walk-ups are welcomed but appointments can be made by visiting Results are typically back within 48 hours.
COVID -19 Vaccinations are available at our local pharmacies - Walgreen's, Walmart and Smith's. Check each location whether you can walk in or if you need an appointment.

Please get vaccinated. It is the only way to crush COVID-19.
Flu shots are available in Mesquite by appointment only Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. Closed noon — 1 p.m. Call 702-759-0850 or 702-759-1682. Mesquite Public Health Center/The Jimmie Hughes Campus, 150 N. Yucca St., Suites 3 & 4, Mesquite, NV 89027.

For information at other locations in Nevada, call 702-759-0850 or go to their website -

A flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older, especially for those at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Mesquite Police Department unveiled a Breast Cancer Awareness Month Badge with pink highlights that can be worn by officers throughout the month of October to show solidarity with all breast cancer warriors.

Mesquite Fire and Rescue is assisting our local Mesquite Cancer HELP Society by selling T-shirts as a fund-raiser. Visit their website to learn how to help combat breast cancer locally, or call 702-346-0622.

Thanks to Yoli Bell and her volunteers who are out and about educating us on types of breast cancer that can affect men as well as women. It is so very important to get your mammogram and watch for any changes in your breasts.
Fire Prevention Week

Last week was National Fire Prevention Week and Mesquite Fire and Rescue was as busy as ever. Each year their prevention team performs a safety program at each elementary school, Lutheran preschool and Sunshine Academy. The fire prevention team as well as other supporting personnel working on the program were: April LeBaron, Tyler Black, Spencer Lewis, Robert Ceja, Jason Blakely and Cody Cannon.

This is the 10th year of this prevention program. Each year they teach 1st and 2nd graders the importance of having a fire escape plan at home, how and when to dial 911, what smoke detectors are and other fire safety tips. Each student is sent home with a bag including a coloring book, stickers and other items teaching them about fire safety. 
Mesquite Fire and Rescue also hosted a community pancake breakfast and gave the child in all of us the opportunity to see a fire engine up close and personal.

Firefighter Neil Heiselbetz coordinated this year's event and did an outstanding job ensuring all who participated came away with a full stomach. Tyler and April were back in costume to meet with any children and reinforce the fire safety topics discussed at the schools.

These are great events and we appreciate the commitment of the team members and the passion they bring to MFR and our community. 
Richard Secrist, Development Services Director

Richard Secrist manages the City’s Development Services Department, which consists of Building, Planning / Zoning, Business Licensing, and Code Enforcement. He and his staff prepare plans for how and where the City should grow. They review development proposals and construction plans submitted by developers and builders as well as inspect what gets built to make sure building and safety codes are followed.

In the process Richard and his staff help inform nearby residents and advise how to engage in the review process so that all interested parties can participate and be heard. He fields a great many phone calls from the public and answers questions with patience and professionalism. He has a wealth of information and is an invaluable resource for historical reference.

Richard and his wife, Rachelle, moved to Mesquite in 2005 and have three children and two dogs. They love to golf and taking their Jeep out exploring local mountain trails.
Congressional Visit

Congressman Steven Horsford's District Director, Divya Narala, held office hours in Mesquite last week for constituents who need assistance with federal issues such as Medicare, Social Security, Veteran's Benefits and the like.

Nine constituents showed up and talked to Divya. She plans to return to Mesquite in December. In the meantime, you can call the Congressman's North Las Vegas office 702-963-9360 or send an email through his website at for assistance.
La Casa de la Albuela

If you have not yet dined at La Casa de la Albuela, do so. The food is tasty, the wait staff friendly and the portions are abundant. Check it out for lunch or dinner, open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., located inside Mad Mikes Bar and Grill, 551 W. Mesquite Boulevard.   
The Arts

You still have time to get tickets for performances of “Drama at the Diner, or How the Rebel Found His Cause” at Mesquite Community Theatre. Presented by the Virgin Valley Theatre Group, it is written, directed and performed by local talent. The original musical melodrama is a bit of a sequel to the former 2019 production, “Trouble on the Train.” Set in the 1950’s, it has good music, good laughter, good fun!
Events Coming Up

Halloween, Veteran's Day and the Holidays are right around the corner. It's amazing how many events and opportunities are lining up. This one is fast approaching.
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