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Lake Levels Rise Several Feet

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- The recent storms in the west are having a positive effect on Lake Mead. A 10 year drought has dropped lake levels dramatically, but the Bureau of Reclamation says thanks to the rain, the lake is rising.

Lake levels are up four feet, which is good news for lake lovers like Jan and Jon Kennard. They travel hundreds of miles to coast the shoreline of Lake Mead.

"How could you not enjoy the lake? The terrain, the water, just gorgeous," said Jan Kennard.

But for years, the lake has been shrinking. Nearly a decade of drought has taken its toll. But this year, experts say the lake has made a comeback, rising some four feet.

Bob Walsh with the Bureau of Reclamation says that's about 400,000 acre feet of water.

"You can figure one acre foot of water will cover a football field to a dept of one foot. So, we're talking about quite a bit of water obviously," he said.

Boulder City Unveils Wind Energy Deal

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- Boulder City is working on a project that could create jobs while saving energy.

A new wind turbine system is being built that's a lot smaller and its maker says it can save a lot more energy.

The city is allowing the local company Wind Sail Receptor to use the property for free in exchange free power. And it will also create jobs.

"This will bring the jobs to the local community and this is what you want. We want to go with a facility. The facility will hire approximately 91 people around the clock, five days a week," said Richard Steinke with Wind Sail. "This is not just the new age for renewal energy, but this is so efficient that you can go up against coal and natural gas pricing."

Steinke says the turbines are all made from recyclable products and are much smaller than the ones that are already around.

Missing Woman is Focus of Murder Investigation

LAS VEGAS -- A missing woman's case has turned into a murder investigation and police are asking for help.

Police say they received a report of a missing woman on Jan. 14th. The woman, who was employed by the Mad Onion, located in Hooters Hotel & Casino, was last seen entering her Jeep at around 5 a.m. The next day police found the woman's body in her vehicle in a remote area of desert. The woman's vehicle is described as a 2006 Jeep Liberty with Nebraska license plates.

Police say they have a surveillance picture showing a white vehicle, possibly a 1995 - 1998 Nissan Sentra or similar car. Police say a person exited that car and went to the victim's Jeep.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Metro at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Funeral Held for Fallen Metro Officer Daniel Leach

Hundreds of family, friends, and fellow officers packed into the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer church Saturday morning for the funeral for Metro Police Department Corrections Officer Daniel Leach.

Many took the opportunity to share stories or moments about the kind of person Daniel Leach was. Words such as compassionate and role model were just some of the way people remembered Leach. While he excelled in many things the way his family will remember him the best is as a great husband and amazing father. 

Officer Leach remains were laid to rest at the Boulder City Cemetery Saturday afternoon, after several dozen officers escorted the funeral procession from the church in Las Vegas down to Boulder City.

Stimulus Funds to Pay for Lake Mead Road Repair

The federal Interior Department says it'll spend $16.7 million in stimulus funds to improve roads at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in southern Nevada.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Monday that work will begin this month on Lakeshore Road and Northshore Road under an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 contract with Las Vegas Paving Corp.

The project includes widening, safety repairs and repaving 17.5 miles of road from Redstone to the Overton boundary line. Salazar says the project will complete improvements to a 60-mile long lakeside corridor four years ahead of schedule. Nevada Commission on Tourism official Connie Mancillas says future plans call for applying for state scenic byway designation for the route.

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Boat Explosion Injures 5 at Lake Mead

Authorities say five people were hurt, including three who were hospitalized after a boat explosion in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The National Park Service says seven people were aboard the boat when it burst into flames at the Callville Bay Marina fuel dock just before 6 p.m. Thursday. Park Service investigators suspect a build-up of gasoline fumes might caused the explosion.

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Another Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing

Another tour helicopter had to make an emergency landing Thursday night. The emergency happened at around 6 p.m. The chopper had to land near Calville Bay at Lake Mead. No one was hurt.

Six passengers and a pilot were on board at the time. They were on their way back to McCarran International Airport after visiting the Grand Canyon.

Investigators say the helicopter was flying over Lake Mead when alarms started going off for electrical problems and that's when the pilot decided to put the chopper down.

"Passengers were a little but shaken, obviously having alarms and light going off, but once they were down they went over to the Calville Bay Lounge and waited for the van," said Andrew Munoz with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The helicopter is owned by the Sundance Group.