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Flooding closes roads in Lake Mead Recreation Area

Three roads are closed in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area because of flash flooding, the park service announced Monday.

Kingman Wash Access Road, a dirt road in Arizona that leads to Lake Mead, is washed out.

Temple Bar Access Road, a main road in Arizona that leads to Temple Bar Marina on Lake Mead, is impassible because flood waters are flowing across the road at Detrital Wash.

Nevada State Route 165, which leads to Nelson Landing and Placer Cove, inside the park, is closed because of flooding and road degradation.

Willow Beach Access Road, the main road in Arizona that leads to Willow Beach Marina on Lake Mohave, was closed because of debris. It was reopened Monday morning.

The weather service reports that the Lake Mead area received .68 inches of rain overnight. More rain is expected Monday afternoon.

Trails at Lake Mead closed because of dangerous conditions

LAS VEGAS -- Three hikers died this year on hiking trails near Lake Mead, which is one of the reasons rangers have closed off two trails.

The latest death was from a drug overdose in June. However, rangers say for the most part, they have to answer calls because people are simply not following the rules.

Over the past eight months of this year, park rangers have had to rescue 37 people from trails, which is about double the number of rescues in all of 2013.

For the first time, rangers have had to close trails for an extended period of time because of dangerous conditions and the park service is keeping them closed for the whole month of August.

The gate is closed at the Gold Strike Canyon Trail and at the White Rock Canyon Trail on the Arizona side of Lake Mead.

Movies in the Park Aug. 9

Movies in the Park Aug. 9

The Boulder City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Movies in the Park Saturdaym, Aug. 9.

The movie “Fast & Furious 6” will be shown at Bicentennial Park. The event is from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission to the event is free. 

Lake Mead at lowest level in nearly 80 years

LAS VEGAS -- The Colorado River is running out of water and that's a big problem for the millions of people who live in the Southwest. Lake Mead, which is fed by the river, is now at it's lowest level since the Hoover Dam was built almost 80 years ago.

The lake also happens to be where southern Nevada gets most of its drinking water. The lake is expected to drop even more in the coming years.

The problem is two-fold. The 14-year drought has dried up water making it the driest stretch since Lake Mead was created. Also tremendous growth has occurred since the Colorado River Pact was signed in 1924 which divided up the water among severn western states.

I-Team: Ex-Police chief calls Boulder City officials 'corrupt'

LAS VEGAS -- A former top cop says clean, green Boulder City is actually a steamy political swamp in need of fumigation. Former police chief Thomas Finn was fired last year because of conflicts with what he says is a political cabal running Boulder City. Finn moved away from Boulder City, but he isn't gone, by any means.

Ethics charges and legal motions are flying in Boulder City, thanks to an employee the city wanted gone. You may not think of Boulder City as a bubbling cauldron of political intrigue and conspiracies, but that's what police chief Tom Finn alleged last April before -- and after -- he was fired. He alleged that a homogenous cluster of interconnected elites calls the shots in Boulder City, and says they wanted him gone because he was a burr under their saddle. They had no idea how much trouble he could cause.

Body of swimmer found at Lake Mead

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- The body of a 30-year-old Las Vegas man who disappeared at Lake Mead Tuesday was recovered Wednesday evening.

The body of Dindo Gavarra was recovered around 8 p.m. He was found by family members at around 4 p.m. They were searching in the area where he disappeared using snorkel gear. Metro Police search and rescue teams found the body in about 13 feet of water about 75 feet from shore. He was not wearing a life jacket.

According to witnesses, Gavarra disappeared after jumping from a houseboat to swim to shore with others. When everyone got to shore, they noticed he was missing. 

The Clark County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

The search continues for two other swimmers who disappeared July 20.

Report: Lake Mead pumps $260M into nearby communities

Report: Lake Mead pumps $260M into nearby communities

A new National Park Service report shows just how much Lake Mead has helped nearby communities last year.

According to the report, in 2013, visitors to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area spent $260 million in communities with 60 miles of the park, which is an $8 million increase over the year before.

The recreation area ranked among the top 10 in visitor spending out of all 401 parks under the National Park Service’s control.

“This is impressive news for our local communities. It shows that despite lowering lake levels and a 16-day government shutdown, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, continues to be a premier recreation destination and a critical economic engine for our gateway communities and partners,” said Bill Dickinson, park superintendent.

Lake Mead supports approximately 2,900 jobs locally. The biggest expenditures were on lodging, followed by food and beverages, gas and oil and admissions and fees.