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Bighorn Sheep Finding Shade

Bighorn Sheep Finding Shade

Hemenway Park in Boulder City is the perfect place for Desert bighorn sheep to enjoy the shade during the heat of the summer.

The animals roam throughout the desert southwest. They're found in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. According to the National Park Service, the population of sheep is about 13,000. 

New Recycling Effort Paying Off at Lake Mead

New Recycling Effort Paying Off at Lake Mead

The National Park Service is calling a new recycling program at Lake Mead a huge success.

The new single stream no-sort recycling program started just three months, but has already increased the amount of recycling at the recreation area by 20 percent, the park service said.

More than 30 single stream dumpsters have been place around the parking, including at Boulder Beach, Calville Bay and Katherine Landing. The bins allow people to put anything recyclable into one bin without having to sort it.

More than 6 million people each year visit the park and produce more than 300 tons of municipal waste. The park recycled 95 tons of that waste, which is about 30 percent.

The jump in recycling brings the park much closer to the Department of the Interior's goal to divert at least 50 percent of nonhazardous solid waste by 2015.

Desert Tortoise Focus of Friday Evening Discussion

Desert Tortoise Focus of Friday Evening Discussion

The southern Nevada desert is full of interesting creatures, but one that gets a lot of attention is the desert tortoise.

The National Park Service is hosting a Desert Tortoise Talk at 7 p.m. Friday at the Boulder Beach Campground.

A park ranger will talk about why the tortoise is endangered, the special features it developed to withstand the extreme conditions of the desert and what people can do to protect it.

The event is free and open to the public.  

Groups Celebrate the Colorado River's Past, Hope for Its Future

Groups Celebrate the Colorado River's Past, Hope for Its Future

The Colorado River, as most of us know it, is celebrating its 92nd anniversary under that name.

It was originally called the Grand River, but was officially renamed the July 25, 1921. It has served as the main water source for Las Vegas and the primary source of irrigation water for the region's agricultural industry.

Plus, Lake Mead generates more $2.8 million in economic revenue each year and provides power through the Hoover Dam for several western states.  

Several environmental groups gathered Thursday to mark the occasion and to educate the community on water conservation and sustainable living.

Congress Urged to Take Action on Colorado River

Congress Urged to Take Action on Colorado River

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) -- Government officials are urging Congress to consider solutions to deal with possible water shortages in the Colorado River basin that could include finding ways to reduce demand, conservation and better management of water supplies.

At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, officials said a two-year study by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation found the river will not be able to provide enough water for its nearby communities in 50 years.

The Colorado River basin and its tributaries supply water to nearly 40 million people in seven states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall said, "We need to make every drop count."

Bureau of Reclamation commissioner Mike Connor told lawmakers the federal government needs help from each state if plans to save the river are going to work.

Tortoise Adoption Fair Set for Tuesday

Tortoise Adoption Fair Set for Tuesday

Southern Nevada is home to some fascinating creatures, and one of the most recognizable is the desert tortoise.

A local nonprofit dedicated to protecting the tortoise will be holding a meeting and adoption fair for the reptile in Boulder City next week.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Boulder City Library, people can adopt a tortoise, learn how to turn their backyard into a sanctuary and understand how to care for the animal.

The meeting and adoption fair is being put on by the Tortoise Group. For more information about desert tortoise, go to tortoisegroup.org. It is free and open to the public. 

Students Show of Ideas for New Boulder City Research Park

Students Show of Ideas for New Boulder City Research Park

Some of the brightest students in the Clark County School District showed off their ideas for a new solar park planned for Boulder City.

The 6th through 8th grade students are all part of the Highly Gifted Summer Academy. They created concepts and 3D displays for the new Boulder City Renewable Energy Research Park.

The kids showed their work to the UNLV students, who are actually creating the park, for consideration in the final development.

The program is made up of 18 students who qualified because they scored in the 99.5 percentile on a test measuring intelligence.