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Activities announced at Lake Mead for National Park Week

LAS VEGAS -- The National Park Service is offering some unique opportunities to get better acquainted with Lake Mead next week.

It's National Park Week April 19 - 27 and the theme is "Go Wild!" which encourages visitors to discover the different wildlife and rich history of the park. Listed below are the planned events for the week.

Saturday - April 19 - Bluffs Trail Guided Hike

Take a short, guided hike on one of Lake Mead's most scenic trails to learn the importance of protecting natural places for animals that live in the Mojave Desert. This is a 4-mile hike. For reservations and more information, call (702)293-8990.

Tuesday - April 22 - Sketch Class

Renowned botanical illustrator, Donald Davidson, is offering a beginner's sketch class. Learn how to draw and further understand the delicate Mojave Desert plants. For more information and registration, call (702)293-8990.

Man jumps from Hoover Dam bypass bridge

Hoover Dam, Nev. -- A man has jumped to his death from the Tillman-O'Callaghan Memorial Bridge near Hoover Dam, according to Hoover Dam Police.

The man jumped from the bridge at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Park service rangers and Metro Police are working to recover his body.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will identify him.

This is the latest in a string of suicides from the bridge. The last one was in January when a woman from Phoenix jumped to her death.

 

Sandoval expresses frustration over Boulder City bypass delay

Naturally occurring asbestos is delaying Nevada's part of the Interstate 11 project and frustrating Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Monday expressed frustration over what will likely be a multi-month delay on the Boulder City bypass project because of the surprise discovery of naturally occurring asbestos in the construction zone.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Boulder City bypass project advances amid asbestos reporting concerns

Despite concerns over naturally occurring asbestos, one section of Boulder City bypass is moving forward.

The Regional Transportation Commission has approved the issuance of a request for proposals for its portion of the Boulder City bypass on the proposed Interstate 11 project, but not before the commission chairman publicly criticized the Nevada Department of Transportation’s management of issues related to the discovery of naturally occurring asbestos on the route.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Cattle roundup forcing closures in Lake Mead area

Cattle roundup forcing closures in Lake Mead area

A dispute between a rancher and the Bureau of Land Management is forcing the National Park Service to close several roads in the northern part of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The areas closed include St. Thomas, Overton Beach and Stewarts Point. Property owners at Stewarts Point will be allowed access during the closure.

The BLM are removing cattle from federal land in the area because they say they are damaging land used by endangered desert tortoise. The cattle belong to rancher Cliven Bundy who claims to have longstanding grazing rights on the land.  

The park service and BLM hope to open the land back up by Friday in time for the Clark County Fair and Rodeo in Logandale.

The closure does not affect Northshore Road, Echo Bay, Redstone and lake remains open. 

Nevada rancher's son freed, BLM collecting cattle

Cliven Bundy

LAS VEGAS -- The son of a rural Nevada cattle rancher has been freed from federal custody, a day after his arrest by agents working to remove cattle from disputed grazing areas northeast of Las Vegas.

A U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman in Las Vegas said Monday that 37-year-old Dave Bundy is accused of refusing to disperse and resisting officers.

Bundy's mother, Carol Bundy, says U.S. Bureau of Land Management agents arrested her son Sunday in a parked car on State Route 170 near Bunkerville.

Pictures obtained by the 8 News NOW I-Team show where David Bundy had parked his car to take pictures of the cattle eviction.

Bundy says he was only exercising his First Amendment rights when federal officers told him to leave  the area and when he didn't, they grabbed him.

"Two officers surround me, third one in front of me. They jumped me and took me to the ground. You can see they scraped up my face," Bundy said.

$1.1 billion award will remove chemical in Henderson water

LAS VEGAS -- A settlement reached Thursday will provide billions to clean up chemicals used to make rocket fuel from a site in Henderson.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice settled with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the parent company of chemical maker Kerr-McGee, for $5.15 billion. Of that settlement, $1.1 billion will go to clean up contaminated groundwater at the site of an old Kerr-McGee chemical manufacturing facility in Henderson.

The area is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and perchlorate, which are chemicals used to make rocket fuel.

The chemicals have been found in Lake Mead. Perchlorate is known to interfere with thyroid function. The perchlorate plume in Henderson is the largest groundwater plume in the country, according to the EPA.