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Fire destroys cottage at Nevada Inn

A small fire Saturday night destroyed one of the two-room cottages at Nevada Inn, 1009 Nevada Way.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Boulder City Fire Department Chief Kevin Nicholson and Boulder City Police Chief Bill Conger.

Nicholson said the unit was “fully involved” when firefighters arrived on scene, around 9:15 p.m., and quickly extinguished the flames.

There were no injuries, and the lone resident of the unit was moved to another unit on the property, he said.

Ji Oh, owner of the hotel, said she also doesn’t know how the fire started. She added that her insurance company is investigating the blaze and will give her the cost to repair the cottage at a later date.

 

Lake Mead closures extended

The temporary emergency closures for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area have been extended until Oct. 1.

“People are miscalculating their ability to hike these strenuous trails in the summer, and it’s not only endangering their lives, it’s endangering the lives of other visitors and rescue crews,” said Patrick Gubbins, acting superintendent of the recreation area. “These areas will reopen in the fall, when temperatures are cooler.”

During the closure, visitors can still access the popular hot springs via the Colorado River.

The area known as White Rock Canyon has multiple trails leading to the Arizona Hot Spring, Liberty Bell Arch and Colorado River. Goldstrike Canyon is a strenuous hike, requiring bouldering and climbing. It leads to Goldstrike and Nevada hot springs and the Colorado River.

The River Mountains Loop and Historic Railroad trails remain open, though hiking is discouraged during the summer months. Those who choose to hike are encouraged to follow summer safety tips found online at www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/summer-hiking.htm.

 

Contest asks residents to transform recyclables into art

Local residents are invited to transform trash into art through a statewide recycled art contest presented by the Nevada Recycles program. The contest is designed to increase Nevadans’ awareness and interest in recycling.

Open only to residents of Nevada, the project must be composed of used recyclable materials. Entry forms and photos of the artwork are due by Oct. 25.

In addition to a $200 prize to the first-place class project, The Venetian and The Palazzo, contest co-sponsors, will provide first, second and third ($250, $100, and $50, respectively) prizes in four categories: kindergarten-grade 5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12 and adult.

Winners will be announced prior to America Recycles Day, Nov. 15.

Materials that can be used include, but are not limited to, tires, electronics, appliances, plastic bags, bottles, batteries and aluminum cans. Fastening materials may include tape, glue and/or string.

“Recycling is the easiest thing we can do to save energy, conserve natural resources and create green jobs,” said Pranav Jampani, assistant director of sustainability for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo.

In 2014, Nevada’s recycling rate was 23.4 percent. Based on residential and commercial sector data, Nevadans (including the influence of the tourist population) throw away about 5.5 pounds of trash, per person, per day. That’s approximately 3 million tons of trash that goes to a landfill every year.

More information about the contest and submission guidelines is available at NevadaRecycles.nv.gov.

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