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Top three candidates for library spot to visit in mid-September

Interviews for the top three candidates to fill the open director position at Boulder City Library are being arranged this week, said Duncan McCoy, who is heading the search committee.

The candidates will visit Boulder City during the week of Sept. 18, with tours of the city, discussions with staff members and interviews with the library’s board of directors scheduled during their daylong visits, he said. Some of the interview process is expected to be open to the public.

“They will get a feel for the community and we will see how they perform throughout the day,” McCoy said, noting that the volunteer search committee will step away from the process now that the top three candidates have been selected.

McCoy called each of the candidates “solid.”

In all, 14 people applied for the position, which was opened after former director Lynn Schofield-Dahl resigned at the request of the library board in March.

McCoy served as director of the library from 1989 to 2008, when he retired, and is a past president of the Nevada Library Association.

Lake Mead seeks comments about trail repairs

Area residents are being asked to comment on a project to stabilize and resurface Historic Railroad Trail.

The National Park Service, which is seeking the comments, plans to place aggregate base material on grade and compacting and leveling the surface of the trail. It also will add riprap where needed to fill in and prevent further erosion and damage to the trail.

The project will improve about 2 miles of the trail that are susceptible to erosion and have draining concerns.

The former railroad grade provides panoramic views of Lake Mead as well as opportunities for people to see the railroad route that ran from Boulder City to Hoover Dam from 1931 to 1961.

Comments will be accepted through Sept. 19 online at http://bit.ly/2btqMyp and via mail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Superintendent, Attention: Proposed Trail Closure, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, Nevada 89005.

Papillon adds heliport next to lodge

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is taking advantage of its new heliport next to Hoover Dam Lodge and has introduced four new tours of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Black Canyon areas.

“The addition of our seventh helicopter base, along with four new tour offerings, falls in line with our long-term plan for growth,” said Geoff Edlund, president of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters. “We are constantly seeking new ways to appeal to our local, domestic and international visitors. With this launch we offer our guests flight options that are both affordable enough to do on a whim and compelling enough to plan in advance.”

“Tourism is vital to our destination. With 65 percent of incoming Boulder City visitors originating from Las Vegas, these new tours will be equally attractive to tourists and locals seeking a dynamic perspective of Hoover Dam and its surrounding landmarks,” said Jill Rowland-Lagan, chief executive officer of the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce.

Flights begin as early as 9 a.m. and continue until sunset. The new tours range from $39 to $119.

Flights can be booked the same day by making the reservation in person at the Hoover Dam heliport or online at www.papillon.com/dam.

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