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Coyote Safety

Coyotes are being seen around the valley in the early morning and evenings. I have see them on my morning runs near the Pittman Wash and in Anthem. Now I hear them at night and have heard they have been seen in the Northwest valley. There are a few things you can do to keep you and your pets safe:

  • Don’t let your pets run free outdoors without a leash or supervision.
  • Never feed a coyote.
  • Turn on lights before going out in a yard at night.
  • If you encounter a coyote, make a lot of noise and wave your hands to make yourself look larger.

Note where you are when you encounter a coyote. See if there is anything around the area that brought the coyote there such as open trash cans, fallen fruit or other wild life.
Be safe and enjoy the cooler weather. If you do go out carry a whistle for coyote safety and personal safety.
As always, The McKenna Team is here for all your real estate questions. 702-434-HOME.

 

Be Kind!

In my 52 years on this beautiful earth I have seen a lot of things, met a lot people and had many amazing experiences. I have traveled the world and seen extraordinary cultures and felt the love and kindness of a wide array of people. Of course I have also had the opportunity to meet some people that are not so kind and not so pleasant. I cannot deny that there are some people who are just angry and bitter all the time and pass those negative emotions on to those they come in contact with, or at least they try to.

That leads me to the main point of my blog today. BE KIND-ALWAYS-NO MATTER WHAT-BE KIND-EVERYDAY-IN EVERY WAY.

There is no substitution for kindness. When someone is being unpleasant, ornery, bitter, angry or mean, do what my Grandmother and my Mother always taught me, kill them with kindness. Kindness always wins. No matter what. Take a moment during this holiday season to go out of your way to be kind to someone. It can be someone you know or even a stranger. Buy them a Starbucks, give them a hug, offer to assist them in some small way. Even a quick smile can be a big enough gesture of kindness to lift someone out of bad mood.

Be Kind! Always!

Max Zurflueh

Human Being

Home for the Holidays

With the Holidays upon us you can expect friends to drop by surprising you with special treats or gifts.  If you’re like me, you will want your home to be in the best light.  Here are a few tips you can do daily to help it shine.

Wipe down the sinks and faucets after each use.  This will help with water spots and will keep the sinks sparkling.

Wipe down tables and counters each night before bed.  This will help with relocating clutter to the correct spot each day and prevent it from piling up.

Unload the dishwasher every morning. Starting with an empty dishwasher each day gives you a place to put the dishes from the day and keeps the sink clear.

Go through your mail over the shredder or trash can.  That way it’s thrown out immediately and won’t pile up on your counters/desk.

If you’re not using it, donate it!  It’s a perfect time to donate anything you haven’t used/worn over the year giving you space for the new items.

Vacuum/Sweep every other day. Keeping up with the floors will help keep the glitter and needles from the Holiday decorations under control.

Use a wax warmer or burn some season scented candles.  A home that smells good is an inviting home.

Give yourself the best present possible and work with The McKenna Team when buying or selling real estate! 702-434- HOME

 

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!

People are so fast to skip fall and go straight into winter with Christmas decorations out in the stores before Halloween is even in sight.  They seem to skip a few holidays these days and for us who love the brief calm before the crazy storm of Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping and visiting family, it can be frustrating.  The only thing that gets me through seeing Santa in the stores in September are all the new pumpkin treats from “Pop Tarts” to ice cream it seems pumpkin is everywhere and can be added to anything.  One of my favorite pumpkin treats are “Thomas Pumpkin Spice English Muffins” toasted with butter.  If I want a pumpkin overload I will use “Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese” as the spread.  I do enjoy everything pumpkin but would still enjoy getting through October before Santa is out in the stores.

Let’s slow down and enjoy the pumpkin spice and save Santa for December.

As always, we are here sipping our Grande Pumpkin Spice lattes if you are looking for real estate advise please call 702-434-HOME (4663)

Remember Boulder City!

Have you been to Boulder City lately? Boulder City, that cute little city to the southeast of Las Vegas, the gateway to Lake Mead with a main street, small town America feel.

Yes, Boulder City, which was established in 1931 to house all of the workers who were busy building Hoover Dam.

Today it remains a quiet escape from the big city, a great place to go for a quaint meal and a lazy stroll around the town.

The historic Boulder Dam Hotel offers a step back in history and the local parks are terrific for a picnic or just to lay around on a cool spring day.

In the past, if you were driving from Las Vegas to Phoenix or other areas in Arizona, you would drive right through Boulder City, you might even gas, grab a soda or maybe even stop for a meal.

Times they are a changing. Well, they have changed to be more exact.

I-11 Boulder City bypass is now complete. There is no longer a need to drive through Boulder City when travelling south. This wonderful bypass cuts off about 20 minutes from your drive to Arizona. Terrific!!

Or is it? Is Boulder City going to become like Radiator Springs in the Cars movies? Will the local businesses suffer due to lack of traffic and be forced to decrease their work force and eventually close down?

Will Boulder City lose it’s luster? What will become of Boulder City?

Much of that depends on all of us here in Southern Nevada. Let’s all get out to Boulder City. Drive out for breakfast at The World Famous Coffee Cup Cafe. Do some antiquing on Main street. Stay the night at The Boulder Dam Hotel and eat dinner at one of the amazing restaurants in Boulder City. This wonderful locale is a National Treasure. Let’s make sure it stays that way.

For more information on Boulder City, give The McKenna Team a call at 702-434-4663. We would love to discuss it with you.

Back to School…Back to Reality

School starts here in Clark County on Aug. 13th.  Don’t forget to slow down for the school zones as there are a few new signs around town that show your speed when driving by the schools.  You also want to be more aware of your surroundings as excited parents and kids will be on the streets. 

At this time, I can’t help but reflect on all the swimming I enjoyed this summer, the family road trips and memories made.  Now is a good time to sit down with your kids or by yourself and write down your favorite memories from the Summer of 2018.  As I am getting older I realize the extreme value of the written word to help bring my memories back to the forefront.  If writing isn’t your thing you can take those pictures you took with your phone and make a cute picture book.  I have used Chatbooks, but there are a few companies out there that will transfer the photos from your phone and turn them into printed picture books for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

Enjoy the last few days of summer before the kids head off.  As always, The McKenna Team is here to help you, if you would like to make new memories in a new home please feel free to reach out to us.

 

Pogo Pass, is it worth the money?

Pogo Pass, is it worth the money?

Summer is heating up and ideas for actives to do as a family are getting tougher.   If you are like me, you have already seen all the summer blockbusters just to relax in the theater’s air conditioning.  Still I have kids needing something to do that won’t cost me an arm and a leg.  Pogo Pass is the answer!  Get you and the family a Pogo Pass!  Enjoy some quality family time in the a/c or the outdoors, whichever you prefer.  Pogo Pass provides 12 months of access to the entertainment venues, so you can spread the fun throughout the year.

This pass is good for admission to all the following events and venues:

  • One visit to Cowabunga Bay
  • One visit to Springs Preserve
  • Two Las Vegas 51’s games
  • Two visits to Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
  • One visit to the Discovery Children’s Museum
  • One visit to BattleBlast Laser Tag
  • One visit to Get Air Trampoline Park
  • One visit to Bouncy World Indoor Bounce Playland
  • One visit to the Lion Habitat Ranch
  • Six visits to Nevada Climbing Centers for indoor rock climbing
  • One visit per month to The Orleans Bowling Center
  • One visit per month to Sam’s Town Bowling Center
  • One visit per month to Gold Coast Bowling Center
  • One visit per month to Suncoast Bowling Center
  • One visit to The Rex Center
  • One visit to Kids Tyme
  • One show to the Dome at Container Park
  • One visit to Glow Zone

For a limited time, you can get it for $39.98 a person on GROUPON or go straight to their site www.pogopass.com and get it for $99.95.

The McKenna Team hopes you have an enjoyable summer!

Interstate 11 Update

Las Vegas and Phoenix are the only two cities in the nation with populations more than one million people that are not currently linked by an interstate. Once constructed, the first phase of Interstate 11 will relieve congestion, improve safety and enhance travel and commerce between Arizona and Nevada. Construction of the project will create and estimated 4,000 direct and indirect and induced jobs in the region.

The Project accomplishes major feats in (1) constructing a scenic view parking area within the Eldorado Mountains overlooking Lake Mead (2) constructing a railroad bridge that reconnects a railway that was severed between Las Vegas and Boulder City (3) connecting two major bicycling routes between City of Henderson and the River Mountain Loop Trail and (4) constructing wildlife crossing to protect the big horn sheep.

The steel decorative sculptures attached to a 1,200-foot-long retaining wall on the south side of I-11 pay tribute to the workers and equipment used during the construction of Hoover Dam between 1931 and 1936. The design was decided upon following numerous public meetings involving nearby residents and stakeholders.

Fireworks and Your Pet

It’s almost that time of year again when we will be celebrating our independence! The 4th of July can be an evening of fun and laughter,

 but for some pets it can be a terrifying experience. Here are some tips to follow if your pet gets scared when the fireworks start going off:

• Take your dog for a long walk the day of the fireworks. They will have less energy to be
anxious or excited.
• Make a safe space inside your home away from large windows. Maybe play music to dim
the noise of the fireworks.
• Distract your pet with toys or treats during the fireworks display.
• If the pet must be outside, make sure all gates are secure and locked.
• In the event your pet does run away, always make sure they have a tag and/or microchip.

 

By following these tips, even our furry
family members can have a safe and fun
4th of July!

 

 

We C.A.R.E. about the homeless

Las Vegas is a big and beautiful city full of wonderful people and amazing energy.  Unfortunately  we also have a homeless community right here in our city that is in need of our help. To that end, the McKenna Team works directly with a non-profit organization called C.A.R.E. (Critical Assistance Relief Effort) that is working to get rid of homelessness by helping the homeless find jobs. The C.A.R.E. complex, on Foremaster Ln. between Main and LV Blvd.,  offers many resources for the homeless community, including computer terminals they can use to apply for jobs, assistance in creating resumes, providing clothes to wear for interviews and bus passes to get to those interviews. They are striving to eliminate the homeless population. If you would like to become involved the C.A.R.E. complex  would greatly appreciate anything you can do. They accept donations of clothes, hygiene products and bottle water among other items. Financial donations are certainly welcome as well. You can also volunteer at the C.A.R.E. complex. Please visit their website at http://www.carecomplex.org/home.html

By working together to eliminate homelessness we can make Las Vegas an even better place to live.

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