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Trails at Lake Mead to be temporarily closed for repairs

The Historic Railroad Trail and 17 miles of the River Mountains Loop Trail within Lake Mead National Recreation Area will have temporary closures now through Nov. 17 as improvements are made.

The trails will be closed at 6 a.m. Mondays through 5 p.m. Thursdays during the project. According to the Park Service, there will be some equipment on the side of the trails during construction but it will not be in the way when the trails are open to the public Thursday evenings through Sundays.

Plans call for the Historic Railroad Trail to be stabilized and resurfaced, making it more accessible.

Crews will patch cracks and fix wash-out issues along the trail. Pavement will be replaced in some areas and a slurry seal coat and new paint to mark the trail will be added to most of the pathway.

During the closure, rangers encourage visitors to visit the Bluffs Trail as a nearby alternative. The moderate trail is 10 miles north of the Historic Railroad Trail. The Trail head is at the Las Vegas Bay Campground site No. 72 and is 3.9 miles long round-trip.

For more information on alternative trails at Lake Mead, visit www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/hike.htm.

Public workshop on landfill brings little concerns

The Southern Nevada Health District held a public workshop Tuesday to give Boulder City residents a chance to express their opinions on the city’s request to expand the Boulder City Landfill.

The workshop was a small affair with few participants giving public comment.

Former Boulder City Mayor Eric Lundgaard said he was worried a large storm might cause a trash runoff that could contaminate the Colorado River, which runs near the landfill.

Boulder City resident Gary Vesperman said expanding the landfill would not benefit the environment.

“Expanding the landfill is just a short-term solution to a long-term problem,” Vesperman said. “I have a problem with just dumping the trash when we could be processing it.”

The city is looking to expand the landfill by 60 acres, making the area a total of 160 square acres.

According to the Boulder City Public Works Department, the landfill deals with 22,000 tons of solid waste per year.

Public Works Director Scott Hansen said he does not expect the amount of disposable waste to increase if the expansion was approved.

The Southern Nevada Health District will now consider comments made at the workshop to see if any concerns are valid and should be assessed by the city.

Not a pint-sized decision

Monday, the Boulder Dam Brewing Company posted something on Facebook that was unlike their normal posts about a new seasonal beer, upcoming band or their popular game nights. It was something they hoped they would never have to announce – their closure.

Turf reduction sees pushback

The second public meeting regarding the proposed reduction in turf at the Boulder City Municipal Golf Course was envisioned as the kind of input-lite that the first meeting back in April was. But the packed room at the Elaine K. Smith Building on Monday wasn’t having it.

Chamber event hosts members, special guest

When Boulder City Chamber of Commerce CEO Jill Rowland Lagan was introducing videos from those speaking on behalf of the chamber, few expected to see a former president doing so.

Dollar Tree closer to opening

If there was any doubt that the former 99 Cents Only Store in Boulder City would soon become a Dollar Tree, recently-placed signs should answer that question.

Public weighs in on proposed annexation of private land

For the last several months, Acting City Manager Michael Mays told the council that city staff has been working with the owners of a small plot of land in the Eldorado Valley who have requested annexation. In other words, they would like to be a part of Boulder City.

Salon owner has no plans to retire

Whether it’s been hairstyles to resemble Farrah Fawcett and Dorothy Hamill in the 1970s, Princess Diana or Madonna in the 1980s, Jennifer Aniston and Britney Spears of the 1990s to those hot styles of today, Jo Ann Beneda has seen them all.

Bobcat bake sale

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Lagan’s sights set on Paris

In less than three weeks, Lexi Lagan will be competing in her second Summer Olympic Games with a collective cheer of support from her hometown of Boulder City.

But is there really a shortage?

Getting Boulder City out of a more than decade-long stretch where no city manager has lasted as long as it takes a student to graduate from BCHS was the overriding theme of discussion at this week’s city council meeting.