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Lightning blamed for outage, city ‘fairly quiet’

Despite the torrential downpour and early morning hail, Boulder City’s Chief of Police Bill Conger said there were no traffic incidents or damages to report. Conger said that, other than a short computer outage, things were “fairly quiet” around the city.

Rory Dwyer, Boulder City’s electric utility administrator, said the outage was caused by a lightning strike that hit an overhead feeder near the Lake Mead substation.

Customers and businesses whose power is generated off of Lake Mead substation experienced an outage for nearly an hour, about 6:05 to 7 a.m., according to Dwyer.

The lightning strike also caused the feeder’s circuit to open and close, which allowed a momentary “blink” of power throughout the city, he said.

Lake Mead to increase recreation area fees

Lake Mead National Recreation Area announced Tuesday that it will increase entrance, vessel and camping fees — in some cases doubling them — starting Jan. 1.

Daily entrance fees for vehicles and individuals will double from $10 to $20 and $5 to $10, respectively, while daily motorcycle entrance fees will increase by 50 percent, from $10 to $15. They will be valid for admission to the recreation area for one to seven days.

Also going up is the annual vehicle pass, from $30 to $40 and the annual vessel pass from $30 to $50. Those will be good for one calendar year.

Camping fees will double, from $10 to $20 per night for an individual site and from $30 to $60 for group camping.

The daily vessel entrance fee will remain unchanged at $16.

The current rates have been in effect since 2011, according to the National Park Service.

Eighty percent of fees collected at the national recreation area fund projects that directly benefit visitors, such as launch ramp extensions, road construction and visitor information stations.

The increase is part of a National Park Service initiative to standardize fees in similar parks across the country.

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Hospital seeks opinions about local health care

Boulder City Hospital is asking residents for their opinions about the community’s health needs.

Results of the survey will be used by the hospital administration and staff to get a better understanding of local health care needs and to guide efforts to improve services and the quality of care provided by the hospital.

The University of Nevada, School of Medicine will assist in administering the survey and analyzing the results.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCH-2015 and is available through Nov. 1. Paper copies of the survey are available in the hospital’s lobby.

If you have any questions or comments about the survey, contact Rebecca Ricksecker at Boulder City Hospital at 702-293-4111 or Dr. John Packham at 775-784-1235.

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