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Damboree organizers seek donations to fund fireworks show

Organizers of the Damboree celebration are seeking additional money to help pay for the 67th annual fireworks show.

Committee member Christy Springgate-Hill said donations so far have been considerably less than in previous years. A little more than $600 has been collected and she said it costs about $33,000 each year for the pyrotechnics display.

Springgate-Hill said the group usually purchases fireworks for the July 4 celebration the previous August to help cut costs.

Jugs to collect donations are at Ace Shopper Stopper, 541 Nevada Way; Albertsons, 1008 Nevada Highway; Boulder Dam Credit Union, 530 Avenue G; Chicken Shack, 1112 Nevada Highway; and 7-Eleven, 849 Nevada Way. They’ll remain on site until July 6.

Donations also can be made at the city’s recreation center, 900 Arizona St.

The annual celebration begins with a pancake breakfast at Bicentennial Park and is followed by a parade, activities and games in Broadbent Park. It concludes with festivities and the fireworks show at Veterans’ Memorial Park.

Springgate-Hill said a variety of new games are planned and several new food vendors will be on hand.

Man identified after apparent drowning at Lake Mead

The Clark County coroner’s office has identified a man whose death near Boulder Beach at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Sunday was classified as an apparent drowning.

Carlos Campos, 46, of Las Vegas, appeared to be drowning when bystanders pulled him out of the water and performed CPR on him, the park service said.

Rangers arrived and took over the rescue efforts, but Campos was pronounced dead about 1:45 p.m., the park service said.

The coroner hasn’t determined Campos’ official cause and manner of death. Campos had been swimming in the area and wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

Mayor recognizes aviation’s importance to state’s economy

Citing general aviation’s importance to Nevada’s economy, outgoing Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler declared June General Aviation Appreciation Month.

Tobler’s proclamation credited general aviation with providing the Silver State a $275 million annual economic benefit. In particular, Nevada has 49 public-use airports, serving 2,246 active general aircraft and 6,811 pilots, according to the proclamation.

Nevada is home to 31 fixed-base operators — commercial companies granted contracts by government entities to operate airports — 139 heliports and 31 repair stations.

There are five Federal Aviation Administration-approved pilot schools, 1,341 flight instructors and 1,096 flights students.

“Mayor Tobler’s proclamation helps highlight the economic benefits and valuable service that general aviation provides to Boulder City and the state of Nevada,” said Selena Shilad, executive director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit coalition of general aviation proponents.

“We sincerely thank the mayor and Boulder City for recognizing this vital industry.”

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