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Feds Estimate Billions in State Economic Impact from Parks, Projects

Feds Estimate Billions in State Economic Impact from Parks, Projects


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Department of the Interior officials say their agency's parks and other projects supported more than 19,000 Nevada jobs last fiscal year.

The federal agency says Monday that the 16 million visitors to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands supported about 10,500 jobs, while energy and mineral development supported close to 6,000 jobs.

The department says Lake Mead National Recreation Area alone supported almost 2,500 jobs. That area sees about 7 million visitors a year.

Interior department officials say their agency's projects and sites made a nearly $2.4 billion impact on the Nevada economy.

Nationwide, they say the economic impact is $385 billion.

The Interior department's responsibilities include managing public lands and natural resources and working with Native American tribes.

Boulder City Has Lowest Number of Foreclosures

Boulder City Has Lowest Number of Foreclosures

Nevada again topped the list for the most foreclosures in the country according to the foreclosure tracking company RealtyTrac.

A city in southern Nevada bucking that trend is Boulder City. According to RealtyTrac, Boulder City had 24 foreclosed properties in January. That is compared with 3,430 proprieties in Las Vegas and 696 in Henderson that went into foreclosure. The southern Nevada city with the highest rate was North Las Vegas. One in every 118 homes in that city received a foreclosure notice.

The number of foreclosures in Nevada dropped late last year after a state law took effect which required lenders to show more documentation before foreclosing on a property. Foreclosure activity around the state is down 52 percent in January from the same time last year.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

IRS YouTube Channel Provides Last-Minute Tax Tips

IRS YouTube Channel Provides Last-Minute Tax Tips

With Tax Day upon us, helpful tax-related information can be found on the IRS YouTube channel. The channel, which debuted in August 2009, features numerous IRS experts answering common and not-so-common tax questions.

The IRS YouTube channel is home to hundreds of videos on subjects ranging from how to choose a tax preparer to filing your taxes for free to checking on your refund.

Videos are posted in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. To date, there have been more than 1.7 million views.

Taxpayers can even subscribe to the channel to receive notice of new video offerings. In fact, the IRS will soon be featuring summertime video tax tips.