Tronox, a manufacturing plant in Henderson recently donated $5,000 to benefit students in the robotics club at Basic Academy of International Studies.
The donation assisted the program by providing students with an extracurricular activity that will brighten their futures. Due to the generous donation, Basic Robotics Club hosted six competition teams this year alone, which is two more than the previous year. The club now has 22 members, which is the strongest group to date.
Last weekend, Basic’s X Team dominated Faith Lutheran with a 12-1 record. The VEX Tournament hosted 58 teams from Nevada and California, and was the largest tournament ever held in the state. The X Team received the Excellence Award, which is the highest honor in VEX Robotics.
Basic Robotics Club has won two of the last three tournaments, which qualifies three teams to compete in the National Robotics Championship in April.
“It is wonderful to see that our donation has allowed the students to thrive and make great strides in their robotics program,” said Rick Stater, Tronox’s Henderson plant manager. “We are proud of the work that the students and advisors continually accomplish together, and are happy to assist in any way to further their learning opportunities.”
Tronox is a global leader in the mining, production, and marketing of inorganic minerals and chemicals, as well as producer of specialty chemicals including boron products and manganese oxide products. The Tronox electrolytic division is an emerging leader in manganese products, building on their position as one of the largest producers of electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) in the United States. Its product portfolio includes high-performance alkaline EMD, Li-EMD and custom treated EMD for use in lithium (Li) battery applications. Tronox has a long history of R&D production activity in the areas of Li and Li-ion battery materials, including lithium manganese oxide and lithium vanadium oxide.
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Belinda Morse, executive director of Honor Flight Southern Nevada, was presented a check by DaVita Medical Group this morning to aid with the costs of sending World War II and Korean War veterans to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C.
Honor Flight Southern Nevada is a nonprofit organization founded in June 2013, as a part of the national Honor Flight Network, created solely to honor America’s veterans for all of their sacrifices. The mission is simple: to fly our World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials that stand in their honor.
After a decades long push and the passage of Senate Bill 540, a new Firefighter’s Memorial will be built on the capital grounds in Carson City.
The Professional Firefighters of Nevada have been advocating to have a new memorial built after the old one in Mills Park was constantly vandalized and littered with trash.
The new location will have overnight security and more public traffic. It will be located right next to the Police Memorial aside the Legislative building.
The new memorial will have four black granite walls with the names of fallen Nevada fire fighters, and will have five life-sized statues of firefighters costing approximately $450,000. In order to fulfill the expenses, the Professional Firefighters are asking for public donations.
Officials have not decided what will be done with the old memorial, but believe it may be re-purposed.
The new memorial is expected to be completed in the Summer of 2019.
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On Jan. 8, 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 at the Heritage Park Aquatic Complex, located at 310 S. Racetrack Rd. 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,” said Romero. “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. For more information, please visit www.VoteMichelleRomero.com.