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Report Pushes Benefits of Parks to Economy

Report Pushes Benefits of Parks to Economy

National Park Service officials are touting the findings of an annual report that shows spending in or near parks supports local economies.

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 7 million visitors in 2010 spent more than $254 million at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and communities in Nevada and Arizona near the park. The report postulates that spending supported 2,452 jobs in the local areas.

“The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known the economic value of the parks. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a key piece of the engine that drives our local economy,” said William Dickinson, Park Superintendent.

City Signs Lease for Solar Power Projects

City Signs Lease for Solar Power Projects

 

Boulder City signed a 50-year lease with a Korean Company allowing it to develop solar projects in the Eldorado Valley.

The Boulder City Council approved the agreement last month. The city and Korean Midland Power Company signed the lease Wednesday morning. The solar array will be on 1,550 acres of Eldorado Valley, which is 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The area is considered one of the best places in the country to develop solar power projects.

The array will be a 250 to 350 megawatt solar generation facility. The project will break ground in the middle of next year. Company representatives say the new facility will employee hundreds of people for construction and operation. The company plans on establishing a solar training center for local workers.

Partnership Wins Bid to Build Solar Power Project

Plans have been announced for a huge solar power project in Boulder City.

Korea Midland Power Co., a unit of South Korea’s biggest power company, and Posco Engineering Co. won an auction to build and operate a $1 billion solar project in the U.S.

Read more in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Spread the Word Nevada Featured in First G-Team Campaign in Las Vegas

Spread the Word Nevada Featured in First G-Team Campaign in Las Vegas

Spread the Word Nevada is excited to announce their campaign on G-Team Las Vegas, Groupon’s philanthropic arm.

Each week, G-Team features a local campaign that enables Groupon followers to do good, have fun, and make a real impact in their community. From Tuesday to Thursday, the Spread the Word Nevada G-Team campaign will raise money and increase awareness about its children's literacy programs. Spread the Word Nevada has been providing books and literacy services to the low-income youth in Southern Nevada and the Clark County School District since 2001.

California Power Company Triples Power Order from New Solar Plant

California Power Company Triples Power Order from New Solar Plant

A huge solar energy project being built near Boulder City will be putting out even more energy for one of its biggest customers.

WATCH: The Arts Take Center Stage

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is transforming into a cultural mecca, and this weekend, 8 News NOW takea you inside as the arts take center stage.

From the new Smith Center for Performing Arts, to the Neon Boneyard and Arts District, Las Vegas is doing more with arts and theater than ever before.

8 News NOW and our Community Pride sponsors will be the first to take you through the new buildings and give you a sneak peak at what's to come in the next year in our special.

Night Flightline Tours Offered Near Boulder City

Night Flightline Tours Offered Near Boulder City

Starting this weekend, nighttime flightline tours near Boulder City are being offered by BCFlightlines.

From Saturday though Tuesday, BCFlightlines is offering Full Moon Tours. For $169 (includes taxes, fees and gratuity,) you can ride down four separate ziplines.

The zip line consists of several lines that make up four flight paths that stretch over one and a half miles. Small groups begin at the top of Red Mountain and ride the zip lines down at speeds of up to 50 mph. This is safely done in a paragliding harness while being secured by professional guides. The total experience takes about two and a half hours.

Tours run at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Call 293-6885 to book a tour, or visit www.bcflightlines.com.