Vegas Seven

Seven Shades of Green

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    1. Finding Permaculture Through Flower Power

    By T.R. Witcher

    Gaia flower and gift shop is in Las Vegas’ Arts District on East Charleston Boulevard, but it feels like it belongs in a place like Portland, Ore. The homey, funky space is more like an art gallery. An assortment of arts and crafts crowd against the walls, and the overall atmosphere is bright, airy and colorful.

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    2. Green Girl: Ready, Willing, and Abel

    By Sean DeFrank

    “Sexy” and “recycling” don’t often go in the same sentence, but this is Las Vegas, where sex sells, and recycling … well, not so much. That’s how Heather Abel got the idea for her go-go-boot-wearing, spandex-swathed superhero. Part educator, part temptress, Going Green Girl has a mission: turn the city on to recycling.

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    3. The Vegas Light Saver

    By Greg Blake Miller

    This man has rappelled off the Rio and stood atop the Stratosphere spire. He has walked through the Hilton’s Elvis suite, greeted Engelbert Humperdinck on his way, and ascended to the top of the hotel’s sign. (It was the only way to get there, and, really, what better way?) He’s worked on the giant antique flasher panels of Fremont Street, and he’s taken 15,000-volt hits from neon transformers. (This he brushes off—“It’s secondary voltage. Low amperage.” Sounds fun.)

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    4. How Her Urban Garden Grows

    By Justin Montgomery

    It’s been a little over a year since Las Vegas’ first public garden sprouted in a five-acre vacant lot in the center of the city. Initiated by Rosalind Brooks, a 43-year-old mother of two, Tonopah Community Garden set out to grow some healthy produce as well as a healthier urban environment.

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    5. The Dirt on Reclaimed Water

    By Paul Szydelko

    As the first student in the University of California system to receive a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, Dale Devitt knew he was on the forefront of something special in 1972 but didn’t quite know what to do next. Then his adviser invited him to work in his UC Riverside lab studying soil, and as the environmental movement blossomed, Devitt became a scientist specializing in water and soil issues.

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    6. The Little Las Vegas Senator Who Could

    By Paul Szydelko

    We’ve heard it before. Every so often the past two decades or more, the notion of a Valley-wide light-rail system, including a fleet of clean, quick trains gliding up the Strip and over to the airport, stirs some initial debate. There’s maybe a hearing, vague promises for studies, a one-and-done newspaper story and then silence.

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    7. Guardians of the Shattered-Glass Dream

    By Greg Blake Miller

    Scott McCombs grew up in Spokane, Wash., where he helped out in his father’s construction company and learned the business, as he says, “from the dirt up.” By the time he was 13, he was driving a dump truck on jobs. He already had a way of getting ahead of himself and doing just fine.

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