51°F
weather icon Mostly Cloudy

News Briefs

Recreation area trails to reopen Sept. 12

The Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails, which temporarily closed Aug. 1 because of numerous incidents during the summer’s high temperatures, will reopen Sept. 12.

The trails were closed because public safety incidents in these canyons doubled from 2013 to 2014. In 2013, there were 17 incidents, which resulted in one fatality, 31 patients and five medical transports. In the first seven months of 2014, there were 37 incidents, resulting in three fatalities, 35 patients and 13 medical transports.

The National Park Service closure, scheduled to end Aug. 31, was extended through Sept. 11 because of several factors, such as weather and employee and visitor safety. The Bureau of Reclamation closure was scheduled to end Sept. 14. It will end early.

The area known as White Rock Canyon has multiple trails leading to Arizona Hot Spring, Liberty Bell Arch and the Colorado River. Goldstrike Canyon leads to Goldstrike and Nevada hot springs and the Colorado River.

The trails at both locations are strenuous and technical. There is no shade or water and there is limited cellphone service. Hiking Goldstrike involves scrambling and climbing slippery boulders. On the Arizona Hot Spring trails, most of the hike is in a wash. Walking through the soft gravel is similar to the challenge of walking along a beach. On both hikes, the return to the trail head is uphill, which can be challenging to new hikers after a long day and a soak in the springs.

No matter the time of year, hikers should follow these safety tips:

Bring a gallon of water per person; bring salty foods; wear boots or hiking shoes; wear a hat and sunscreen; hike with a buddy; and tell people where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Additionally, hikers should be aware that it’s easier to be rescued near the water than in the middle of the canyon.

During the closure, the hot springs remain open and accessible from the Colorado River. The River Mountains Loop and Historic Railroad trails are also open.

Park Service seeks comments on lead removal plans

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on an engineering evaluation/cost analysis report for four former firing ranges within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The report addresses the effects and possible removal of the lead at two sites in Clark County, and two sites in Mohave County, Ariz. The sites are at Echo Bay, Las Vegas Bay, Temple Bar and Willow Beach.

Under alternative 1, no action would be taken. Alternative 2 involves excavation, on-site disposal, capping and institutional controls. Alternative 3 involves excavation, mechanical soil washing, chemical stabilization and soil replacement. Alternative 4 involves excavation and off-site disposal with optional chemical stabilization.

The full report is available for review online at http://bit.ly/1tXQ09G1. Comments may be submitted via the website. Written comments should be mailed to Superintendent, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005. Comments must be received by Sept. 30.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Republicans turn out for caucus in BC

Following the rainy, not-so-high turnout Presidential Preference Primary on Feb. 6, Boulder City Republicans gathered at the Boulder Dam Hotel on Thursday for their competing caucus where actual delegates to the GOP National Convention in July were awarded.

City announces new Parks and Recreation director

Boulder City staff embarked on a nationwide recruitment process for the parks and recreation director position. After sorting through several dozen applicants and an extensive interview process, the city found the right person was already here: Julie Calloway was promoted from parks and recreation manager to director this week.

BOR project delayed until spring

The Bureau of Reclamation’s $4.5 million project to remove grass around its Boulder City offices, which will save millions of gallons of water a year, is taking longer than had been expected.

The lowdown on dining tables on city sidewalks

Spring and summer (OK, part of summer) in Boulder City can present the perfect environment for an al fresco meal.

‘None’ takes the lead

It has been a confusing election season so far in Nevada and it’s not over yet. Plus, there is an actual resident of Boulder City on the ballot for one of the two major political parties.

STR, pet breeding issues move toward resolution

A pair of contentious local issues took another step toward the inevitable public-comment-period showdown this week as Boulder City officials posted notices of proposed changes to city code in regard to animal breeding and short-term rentals of residences.

Interest lingers in vacant buildings

When driving through the business district of Boulder City, quite often a question that comes to the mind of many is, ‘I wonder what’s going in there?’ when looking at vacant commercial buildings.