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Thousands head to Lake Mead to bid farewell to summer

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun.

Labor Day is one of the busiest weekends of the year for the lake and attracts boaters, jet skiers and swimmers. It's estimated more than 100,000 people were on the lake.

Marcio Santana, who had his four kids in tow, was looking for way to enjoy his final weekend of the summer.

"Just to relax, get away from work, get away from the city," he said.

Santana and his family camped out for three days and got in a lot of wakeboarding.

Jonathan Gardner, of Las Vegas, was also enjoying the water, but also paying attention to the lower water level. 

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Eldorado Canyon Road reopens for Labor Day weekend

A road that leads to a popular part of Lake Mohave will be reopened temporarily for the Labor Day weekend.

The Eldorado Canyon Road, which leads to Nelson’s Landing, opened Wednesday afternoon and will remain open through the weekend. However, it will be closed again Tuesday, Sept. 2 for more repairs.

A storm in August damaged the road and washed away sections of the pavement. Crews have determined that the westbound lane of the road can be reopened to traffic with conditions, including the speed limit is now 15 mph and eastbound traffic will have to stop and yield to westbound traffic before bypassing the damaged area.

One lane of the road will reopen Sept. 6. The other side of the road will stay closed until crews can rebuild the eastbound side, which is expected to take two months.

During the closure, people can access Nelson’s Landing from the water or through Aztec Wash Road, an unpaved approved road that starts near the town of Nelson.

Coroner identifies Lake Mohave drowning victim

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities have identified the Southern California man whose body was pulled from the waters of Lake Mohave about a week after he jumped from a houseboat.

Clark County coroner's officials say 31-year-old Paul Bach Nguyen of Alhambra died of drowning.

A tourist spotted his body floating near Cottonwood Cove on Sunday afternoon, and it was recovered by rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Lake Mead spokeswoman Christie Vanover says Nguyen had been boating with family and friends on Aug. 16 when he went for a swim and disappeared.

He was not wearing a lifejacket.

Crews had been searching for him since he went missing.

Body found at Lake Mohave

 LAS VEGAS -- A body has been recovered near Cottonwood Cove in Lake Mohave, where a man disappeared while swimming Aug. 16.

According to the National Park Service, at around 1 p.m. Sunday, a visitor to the park called dispatchers to report a body floating in the cove. Rangers responded and pull the body of an adult man from the water.

The body is believed to be that of 31-year-old Southern California man who disappeared after jumping off a boat without a life jacket Aug. 16.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will confirm the victim's identity and determine the cause of death.


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Entrance fee waived at Lake Mead Recreation Area

Entrance fee waived at Lake Mead Recreation Area

Visitors will be able to get into the Lake Mead Recreation Area without paying the normal entrance fee Aug. 25 to celebrate the 98th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Beside free entrance, birthday cake will be served at the visitor center, starting at 1 p.m. The visitor center has a botanical garden, featuring plants native to the Mojave Desert. There is also a relief map of the park and exhibits giving out park information.

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the first national park. The park service was created when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation on Aug. 25, 1916. By that time, 37 national parks were already established in the United States.

Today, there are 401 national parks throughout the country. Lake Mead National Recreation Area was established in 1964. 

Park service seeks public comment

The National Park Service wants to know what people think about an environmental assessment for a proposed relocation of utility and water lines for the Boulder City Bypass project.

The bypass was approved in 2005, but the environmental impact statement did not address the need to move existing power lines and install a pipeline to provide water for construction.

The proposed project would move about a mile of transmission lines and install a temporary above-ground water pipe from Lake Mead to provide water for crews.

To comment on the proposed changes and to read more on what it would mean for the Lake Mead area, go to parkplanning.nps.gov/. To send a written message, write to Lake Mead NRA, Compliance Office, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005.

Comments must be received by Sept. 19.


BREAKING NEWS: Flash flood, severe thunderstorm warning issued for Clark County

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a flash flood and severe thunderstorm warning for central Clark County until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

At 2 p.m., weather service Doppler radar indicated a thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. The storm is also expected to bring flash flooding to the area. The storms are along a line extending from Las Vegas Bay campground to Railroad Pass, or about seven miles south of Henderson. The storms were moving northeast at 15 mph. Locations impacted include Las Vegas Bay, Callville Bay, Railroad Pass and east Henderson.