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August 17, 2018

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Trust us: Three local events you’ll want to check out

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Mona Shield Payne

Simon Peck grips an edge while climbing a boulder at Calico Basin west of Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area in Las Vegas Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Las Vegas Weekly highlights three events of interest to Southern Nevada residents:

• Footnotes with Amanda Fortini at Writer’s Block: Last year, UNLV visiting lecturer Amanda Fortini wrote several unflinchingly descriptive articles about the Oct. 1 shootings for The New Yorker, relating the terror and sadness of the day—and the days that followed—through a series of harrowing eyewitness accounts. Fortini will read from those pieces, and discuss their reporting and tone, as part of Writer’s Block’s ongoing Footnotes series. It will be a difficult listen, but perhaps also a cathartic one. 7 p.m. Feb. 2, Free, 1020 Fremont St.

• State of the Climate: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said dealing with President Donald Trump was “like negotiating with Jell-O,” but Trump has been a picture of consistency on the environment. He promised to take a wrecking ball to environmental regulations, and that’s exactly what he’s done. Focusing on Trump’s State of the Union address, the Las Vegas Sun and Nevada Conservation League present local experts to analyze his policies on fossil fuels and the environment. 6 p.m. Feb. 5, Free, UNLV’s Greenspun Hall Auditorium.

• Rock climbing fixed gear forum: There’s a hot debate within the climbing community as to whether sport routes should be outfitted with permanent draws—anchoring devices that are commonly used on climbing routes. Share your thoughts and listen to other perspectives at this Southern Nevada Climbers Coalition-sponsored event. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Aces & Ales, 2801 N. Tenaya Way, free.

This story originally appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.