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I-Team: Another round in court will cost Boulder City taxpayers

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- Boulder City taxpayers lost another round in court this week and will have to dig a bit deeper into their wallets to pay for it.

The courts have ruled that Boulder City elected officials tried to silence and intimidate the voters by filing lawsuits against people who started political petitions. The legal bill keeps growing.

When residents of Boulder City decided in 2010 that their city council was ignoring the public, they started a series of petition drives. The city responded by suing the six individuals who started the petitions.

The Nevada Supreme Court has already agreed that this was a thinly disguised attempt to intimidate the public and punish those who dared to challenge the council.

Board wants future Interstate 11 to reach I-80

Board wants future Interstate 11 to reach I-80

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada transportation board wants the proposed Interstate 11 to extend from Las Vegas to Interstate 80 using the general route of U.S. 95.

Board members voted Monday to pursue an expanded definition of the future freeway. Congress voted in 2012 to designate a stretch from Las Vegas to Phoenix as the future Interstate 11.

Chairman and Gov. Brian Sandoval said it was "irrefutable" that Nevada needs the project, and said he wasn't shy about asking for federal money to make it a reality.

Board member Tom Skancke said the freeway is even more important now that Nevada has landed a Tesla battery plant. He said companies make investment decisions based on infrastructure quality.

Transportation officials haven't solidified routes and said it could be decades before the interstate is built

MGM sells Nevada casino that predates Hoover Dam

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- MGM Resorts International is selling a Henderson casino that was built before the Hoover Dam and contains a vault that once guarded wages for the project's construction workers.

The casino company announced Friday that it would sell the 83-year-old Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino to Henderson-based First Federal Realty.

The new owners say they plan to keep all current employees.

Railroad Pass is located near Boulder City and opened in 1931 as a casino and dance hall. Its operator received the fourth gambling license in U.S. history to run the casino, and the mayor of Las Vegas granted Railroad Pass permission to operate a single roulette wheel.

MGM and First Federal Realty did not disclose the sale price for the 120-room hotel. The deal is contingent upon regulatory approvals.


Thousands expected for Art in the Park event

Thousands expected for Art in the Park event

Thousands are expected for the 52nd annual Art in the Park Festival in Boulder City in October.

Organizers said they are expecting 100,000 visitors to attend the festival over its two days Oct. 4 and 5.

Art in the Park is one of the largest festivals in the Southwest and it features hundreds of original artists, including fine art, contemporary crafts and traditional crafts.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 at Bicentennial and Escalante Parks. The festival is free to public. Besides the art work, there will be food and beverage vendors.

People are encouraged to be part of a fundraising raffle where the prizes are artworks from the 300 artists participating in the event. They are all donating at least one piece of artwork for the raffle.


I-Team: Questions about city attorney's involvement in lawsuit

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- The highest legal official in Boulder City's municipal government is embroiled in what looks like a costly and somewhat sleazy criminal case.

It involves nude photos allegedly stolen from the cell phone of a beauty school student.

Criminal charges were filed against a Boulder City resident named Brian Olsen, the son of City Attorney David Olsen. The charges were later dropped but the legal fallout is far from over.

From a political standpoint, there is no good ending for any news story that includes 'city attorney' and ‘nude photos' in the same sentence, but so far, Boulder City's top legal authority has weathered the storm.

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. 

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.