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Volunteers needed to help with 2016 Damboree Celebration

 

Volunteers are needed to help organize and run the 2016 Damboree Celebration on the Fourth of July.

The annual Damboree Celebration is a citywide celebration that includes a parade through downtown Boulder City; games, contests, entertainment and activities in Broadbent Park; and a fireworks show and activities at Veterans’ Memorial Park. It also includes a pancake breakfast and food booths at the parks.

Anyone intersted in helping should contact Patty Sullivan, recreation program coordiantor for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, at 702-293-9340 or email her at psullivan@bcnv.org.

 

Body recovered at Lake Mead

 

A man’s body was recovered Sunday night in the Boulder Basin at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

According to the National Park Service, Lake Mead officials received a call from a boater about a body that was floating near the Boulder Harbor at about 8 p.m.

Park officials received a call July 5 about a man who went missing in the area where the man’s body was recovered Sunday.

Although the man who went missing was reportedly wearing a life jacket, it wasn’t properly secured and came off while he was in the water, the Park Service said. Witnesses said he struggled and was seen going under water.

The Clark County coroner’s office will release the man’s identity and cause of death once next of kin is notified.

 

Reid pleads guilty to resisting an officer

 

Larry Reid, brother of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pleaded guilty to resisting an officer Tuesday inside Boulder City Justice Court.

The plea agreement stems from a Feb. 2 incident after a Nevada Highway Patrol officer watched Larry Reid drive his black sport utility vehicle into the dirt median on southbound U.S. Highway 95 between Boulder City and Searchlight, according to Reid’s arrest report.

The trooper told Reid he could not leave, but Reid cursed at him and put his SUV into gear. The trooper tried to grab the keys from the ignition when the car started to move, according to the report. He then grabbed the steering wheel as Reid tried to drive away. The trooper then tried to put the SUV in park when Reid punched him twice in the face.

The trooper was able to put the car in park and took the keys out of the ignition. He then got Reid out of the car and put him on the ground where he was handcuffed shortly after, the report said.

In addition to the guilty plea, Reid pleaded no contest to the DUI charge after already paying a fine, according to Reid’s attorney, David Brown.

 

Recreation area seeks comment on headquarters’ landscape proposal

 

The National Park Service is proposing to relandscape its Lake Mead National Recreation Area headquarters at 601 Nevada Way in Boulder City and is inviting the public to participate in the process by reviewing and commenting about plans for the project.

The intent of the project is to reduce water use. The office currently uses more than 2 million gallons of water per year to irrigate the existing landscape. Under the proposal, water usage would be cut by 25 percent for the first few years and by 50-60 percent in following years after the vegetation has become established.

Designed and built in 1951-1953, the building is a contributing element to the Boulder City Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Early photos show a lawn around the building and elm trees in the right-of-way between the sidewalk and the street. At some point three ash trees and nine pecan trees were added to the landscaping in the rear and side of the building, shrubs were added in front of the building, and the city removed the elm trees and grass in its right-of-way and put in palm trees.

This project would remove the ash and pecan trees, as well as the lawn between the headquarters and the parking area out to the intersection of Wyoming Street and Avenue B. The original lawn and plantings in front of the building facing Nevada Highway and Wyoming Street would be maintained.

The proposed landscape would use indigenous trees and plants with the intent of making the area more closely resemble the landscape of the park. In addition, plans call for boulder groupings, American with Disabilities Act-compliant walkways, picnic tables and benches.

Comments and recommendations regarding the redesign will be accepted through Aug. 13. They may be submitted by mail to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Headquarters Landscaping Comments, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005 or online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=59567.

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