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Desert Plant Seminar Set for Saturday

Desert Plant Seminar Set for Saturday

There are hundreds of different kinds of plants that call southern Nevada home and this Saturday people will get a chance to learn about them.

The Outside Las Vegas Foundation through the Las Vegas Institute will host a biodiversity seminar starting a 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Alan Bible Visitor Center.

Participants will be given a tour of the cactus garden to show some of the plants native to the Lake Mead area and some of the invasive plants that can overtake native plants.

People interested in attending need to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.  

Tax Abatements Approved for Nevada Solar Project

Tax Abatements Approved for Nevada Solar Project

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Governor's Office of Energy has approved $66 million in tax incentives for a solar energy project in southern Nevada.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's Copper Mountain Solar 3 in Boulder City is expected to create 300 construction jobs and employ 10 full-time workers afterward.

The tax abatements include $46 million in property taxes over 20 years and $20 million in sales and use taxes over three years.

But state officials say Nevada will benefit from $732 million in capital investment and other taxes paid by the company over that time frame.

Once completed, the 250 megawatt facility will be capable of powering 80,000 homes.

The power will be sold to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the city of Burbank under a 20-year contract.


Solar Panels Added to Lake Mead Shade Structures

Solar Panels Added to Lake Mead Shade Structures

One thing southern Nevada has a lot of is sunshine, which is why more and more it is being used for power.

Lake Mead Recreation Area has adding photovoltaic solar panels to the tops of shade structures to power several offices in Boulder City.

The panels are on top of structures used to shade government vehicles. They will generate 158.6 kilowatts, which will power the Lake Mead maintenance warehouse, Interagency Communications Center and nearby offices.

Using solar energy will offset about 35 percent of the total energy used by the lake's warehouse complex.

The lake has been working to use greener resources, including solar panels on the visitor center and native plant nursery and single-stream recycling throughout the park.

The construction project was funded by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.  

Drought Prompts Disaster Declarations in 11 States

Drought Prompts Disaster Declarations in 11 States

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Federal officials have designated portions of 11 western and central states as primary natural disaster areas because of a drought.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement Wednesday includes counties in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Oklahoma and California.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement that he sympathizes with farmers and ranchers who are dealing with the lack of rain and snow, and assured them that the USDA will stand by them.

The designation means eligible farmers can qualify for low-interest emergency loans from the Agriculture Department.

Counties adjacent to those that are affected also are eligible for assistance.

The United States Drought Monitor reports that while storms have dumped rain and snow in the East, droughts are persisting or intensifying in the West.

A Symbol of the Range Returns Home

A Symbol of the Range Returns Home

Efforts to bring back the population of the desert bighorn sheep is working, but challenges for the herds still exists. 

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The two-way radio crackled to life, “We’re coming in with three ewes and a young ram.”

Read more in the New York Times.

Plants of the Mojave Desert Workshop Planned for Jan. 11

Plants of the Mojave Desert Workshop Planned for Jan. 11

Despite the stereotype that a desert is lifeless, the Mojave Desert is full of plants, and people will get a chance to learn about them during a workshop Jan. 11.

A ranger from the Lake Mead Recreational Area will walk people through the common plants found in the desert and point out the medicinal and edible properties of all the plants.

The workshop will start at 11 a.m. at the Lake Mead Visitors Center's desert garden. The event is free but please do not bring pets and dress to be outside. 

Boulder City Offering Christmas Tree Recycling

Boulder City Offering Christmas Tree Recycling

Most everyone has their Christmas tree up for the season, but not everyone may know what do with the tree after the holidays.

Boulder City Public Works Department in connection with the Conservation District of Southern Nevada is offering Christmas tree recycling program, starting Dec. 26 through Jan. 15.

Trees can be dropped off Bravo Ball Field parking lot, which is at the corner of Avenue B and Sixth Street.

Trees must be free of lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and nails, anything non-organic. Foreign objects can contaminate the mulch and damage the chipper. Trees that have been flocked cannot be recycled.

The trees are turned in mulch to be used around landscaping to conserve soil moisture.

Public works will be giving away free mulch from those trees from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4 at Pecos Legacy Park in Henderson.