Schools from all 50 states, U.S. territories, tribal nations and the Department of Defense participated in the 2011 National Radon Awareness poster contest. Each year, the Nevada Radon Education Program Team encourages students, ages 9-14, to create a radon awareness poster.

This year, 54 posters were entered from three counties in Nevada. Judges selected winners and runners-up in each category. Nevada’s top three Radon Poster Contest winners were: first place, Alexandra Resney, a homeschooled student from Gardnerville; second place, Melissa Liang; and third place, Cade Walley, both from Hyde Park Middle School in Las Vegas. The top three Nevada posters were sent to the national contest, sponsored by Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Please click here for all the details.

2011 Radon Poster Winners

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Radon Test Kit

With winter creeping closer, it’s a good time to winterize your home, and it’s also a good time to test your home for radon.  Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from the decay of uranium in rocks and soil. But how does it get into your home? The radon gas, which emits tiny radioactive particles, can seep up through cracks in solid floors, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and many other conduits into your home. In the colder months when your home is sealed up tightly, radon levels can rise and become a danger to you and your family. For more information and to request your free Radon Test Kit, email Laura Au-Yeung.

Compost Bins

Various Types of Compost Bins

Join us on Saturday, January 8, 2011, for a one-day workshop on composting in small spaces. The class runs from 8 a.m. to Noon and explains how to make a balanced compost. The workshop, taught by Dr. Angela O’Callaghan, is designed to provide the gardener with knowledge on how to make a balanced compost, vermicomposting and more. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend.  Class space is limited to 25 and pre-registration is required. There is a $15 fee per class which covers class materials.  To register for this class, held at the Lifelong Learning Center (8050 Paradise Road, LV 89123, I-215 & Windmill Lane), contact Elaine Fagin at fagine@unce.unr.edu or call 702-257-5573.

Young Man Holding Closed SignCooperative Extension offices will be closed on: Friday, December 24-Christmas Day observed and Friday, December 31, New Year’s Day observed.

Holiday trees are one of the most recognized traditions of the holiday season. They make our homes smell lovely, we can decorate themChristmas Tree Recycling Logo and they provide a beautiful focal point for gifts. But what happens after the holiday season? Most people simply throw their holiday tree away, yet when they are chipped into mulch, they become a valuable resource. This mulch is used in public gardens and parks across the valley to help conserve soil moisture and keep plants healthy. Recycling your holiday tree is a gift that will keep on giving back to the community. Click here for details and drop-off locations.