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Early voting at City Hall continues through Saturday

Early voting for the 2015 general election continues today through Saturday in the council chambers at City Hall, 401 California Ave.

Voting hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

City finalizes budget for new year

The city passed its final budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year Tuesday morning.

The budget, which totals a little more than $64 million, is divided into six funds. The general and utility funds, the two biggest, comprise about $60 million.

General fund revenue is up by 9.5 percent, according to the budget, but the utility fund is down by 6 percent.

When the city discussed its tentative budget in March, City Manager Dave Fraser said one cause for the unhealthy utility fund is the city’s low utility rates.

He said overall, the city’s budget was still on the right track.

Eight statues to be introduced during May 30 Artwalk

Boulder City Public Art Scape invites area residents to attend its Artwalk at 4:30 p.m. May 30. During the walk, eight new statues will be introduced to the community.

Those attending are asked to meet in front of the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St.

The sculptures’ artists are expected to attend.

A reception on the patio of the hotel will be held immediately after the walk. During the reception, awards will be presented to the winning artists from last year’s sculptures.

For additional information, call 702-293-7731.

Inspections planned as part of Safe Boating Week observance

Is your boat ready for summer? Free vessel inspections will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hemenway Harbor at Lake Mead.

The vessel inspections inform visitors about required safety equipment, proper registration and permits, proper lighting, signaling devices, marine sanitation devices and fire prevention components. As a convenience, safety equipment will be available for purchase at park marinas.

The inspections, offered by the National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Nevada Wildlife Department, are part of the National Safe Boating Week observance and mark the official launch of the 2015 North American Safe Boating campaign.

“Preventive maintenance and preseason mechanical checks are good ways to prevent mishaps and accidents,” said Christie Vanover, park spokesperson. “People should also be alert to weather conditions, avoid alcohol while operating a boat and always wear a life jacket when in the water.”

Former fire chief Gray discusses termination

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for the city, and specifically the fire department, as questions of whether or not Will Gray was still employed as that department’s chief spread through town.

Breeding proposal breeds opposition

Judging by the number of people speaking out against it during public comment at the last city council meeting and the tone of numerous social media posts, the proposal to allow for licensed pet breeders to operate in Boulder City is itself breeding a growing opposition. And the opposition appears to be spilling over into other pet-centric issues, including the fact that, unlike anywhere else in Clark County, Boulder City does not require dogs to be on a leash in public.

Wanted: A good home for theater seats

For those who have either grown up in Boulder City or are longtime residents, the Boulder City Theatre holds a special place in the hearts of many.

Hangars and OHVs and pool people, oh my

In a meeting with only two council members present in the room (and the other three on the phone) and in which the major attention was divided between a contentious possible law concerning pets and the fact that the city manager had announced he was leaving for a new job on the East Coast, the council did take a series of other notable actions.

Look, up in the sky…

Ron Eland/Boulder City Review

Council hears plan for golf course turf reduction

Reducing water usage in Southern Nevada has been a subject that has affected the look of clean, green Boulder City multiple times in the past year.

City confirms fire chief no longer employed

After more than two weeks of inquiries by the Boulder City Review, late Tuesday afternoon the city confirmed that Boulder City Fire Chief Will Gray is no longer employed.

Residents weigh in on 99 Cents Store’s shuttering

In what came as a surprise to many who are frequent shoppers, officials from 99 Cents Only Stores announced last week that all of their 371 locations will be closing over the next several weeks.

Four suspects arrested in graffiti case

On Jan. 22, many residents were shocked by a rash of graffiti throughout town, which included the historic Boulder City Theatre.