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PHOTOS: Thousands attend 'Art in the Park' in Boulder City

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- The Art in the Park Festival is held in the Historic Downtown area of Boulder City. The festival is one of the largest outdoor festivals in the Southwest and it features hundreds of original artists in the fine art, fine/contemporary craft and traditional craft categories. 

There was also food and beverage vendors on hand for patrons who may have experienced a crave for something yummy.



The festival's featured artist for 2014 was Boulder City native, Connie Burnett-Ferraro.  She's commissioned several murals around the town and is recognized for her visual depiction of Boulder City's history from Hoover Dam to the present day.




Homicide detectives looking into body found at Lake Mohave

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man found dead at Lake Mohave as  27-year-old Domingo Alva-Gonzalez.

Gonzalez's body was found floating in the lake Wednesday afternoon.

According to the National Park Service, dispatchers received a call at around 3:20 p.m. from a marina employee who said that a body was floating off the north swim beach at Cottonwood Cove.

Metro Police's Homicide Division is investigating the case. Detectives are asking anyone who knew Alva-Gonzalez or may have seen him around Cottonwood Cove on Tuesday or Wednesday to call the Homicide Section at (702) 828-3521, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Thousands expected at Art in the Park

Thousands of people are expected to fill Boulder City this weekend for the annual Art in the Park festival.

The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Wilbur, Bicentennial and Escalante Parks.

Art in the Park is one of the largest fundraisers for the Boulder City Hospital Foundation. It will feature hundreds of artists showing off fine art, contemporary and traditional crafts.

The event is free to the public. There will be unique food and beverage vendors.

The participating artists will donate a least one piece of artwork for a fundraising raffle, equaling more than $25,000 in prizes.

 

Park Ranger awarded for boating safety efforts

A park ranger from Lake Mead National Recreation Area has been named the Nevada Department of Wildlife Boating State Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Ranger Marc Burt was giving the honor.  

This is the first time that a park ranger with Lake Mead has been honored with the award.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administration presents this award in every state each year to the officer who contributes significantly to boating safety.

Burt started working for the recreation area in 1987. Besides being part of several search and rescues and being an outstanding boating officer, Burt has trained several officers for the park service, Clark County Fire Department, Hoover Dam Police and Metro Search and Rescue.

Burt is now being considered for a regional award. 

Feds give Boulder City Hospital $2M for e-records

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A Boulder City hospital is getting nearly $2 million in federal funds to move from paper to electronic health records.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday that the hospital had won a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.

The grant comes on the heels of a $13 million award the hospital won last year to help renovate and expand its facilities.

Reid says the funds will help the hospital respond more efficiently to patient needs and will cut costs.

Acts of Kindness: Sydney Ingram

BOULDER CITY, Nev. - Every Thursday at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, special services are arranged for indigent veterans who have passed away.

Sydney Ingram with the Women Veterans of Nevada helps honor these brave men and women.

“We need to honor these men no matter what put them on the streets, what caused them to be so alienated that nobody wants to claim their body. They did serve,” she said.

The Patriot Guard and Women Veterans of Nevada supply volunteers for the service, while the Vietnam Veterans of America perform the burial services.

Ingram is a Navy veteran whose brother, a Green Beret, died in Vietnam in 1965. She's also the bereavement director for the veterans club, helping folks get services, insurance and anything else they may need.

Lake Mead waives fees for Saturday

Lake Mead waives fees for Saturday

Getting into the Lake Mead Recreation Area will cost you nothing this weekend for National Public Lands Day.

Entrance fees to the park will be waived Saturday. Fees for other facilities and activities will still be in effect.

Lake Mead staff will also be hosting a special cleanup effort from 9 a.m. to noon at Government Wash. Individuals, families and groups are encouraged to participate.

For more information and to register, call (702) 293-8714.