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Lake Mead water nearing a low point

LAS VEGAS -- Lake Mead is expected to reach its lowest level ever next week. It's a concern because Lake Mead is southern Nevada's water source.

The highest elevation the lake reached this year was 1,108 feet. The lake is currently down to 1,082, which is seven feet above the mark when a water shortage can be declared.

It's obvious lake water levels have dropped over the years. The white line water mark around the lake shows better times. It was in 1983 when the lake was at its fullest.

Tim O'Byrne and his son, Mark, try to spend time at Lake Mead every week for tubing and snorkeling. They often take note of the water line mark.

"It changes every time you come out here," said Tim O'Byrne. "I don't like it. I'd rather see it going up. How low is it going to go before enough is enough?"

Lake Mead dropped to its lowest level in 2010 when it measured 1,081 feet deep.

Game wardens, park rangers out in force at Lake Mead

Boater passing sobriety check at Lake Mead Friday

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- Thousands of people are packing up their coolers and heading to Lake Mead this weekend and for the Fourth of July.

Many of them could face hefty fines as multiple jurisdictions patrol the water for people who are boating and drinking. It is being called Operation Dry Water.

8 News NOW road along with game wardens and saw some boating safety citations handed out, along with a few field-sobriety tests. All the boaters were within the legal limit.

Operation Dry Water took effect Friday morning and runs through the weekend. Game wardens from Nevada and Arizona along with park rangers are out in force at Lake Mead and Lake Mojave.

They are trying to send a message now before the busy Fourth of July holiday. Drinking and boating could land you a night in jail, hundreds of dollars in fines, community service and an impounded boat.

1 dead in wreck near Lake Mead

 LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- One man is dead after a two-car crash near Lake Mead late Monday morning.

According to the National Park Service, the crash happened near mile marker two on Northshore Road around 10:15 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate others may be hurt, however the extent of their injuries are not known.

Northshore Road between Lakeshore Road and Lake Mead Boulevard reopened in the late afternoon, officials say.

No other information was immediately available.

New master-planned community under construction in Henderson

LAS VEGAS -- Construction is moving forward on Henderson's newest master-planned community.

Cadence is being developed off Lake Mead Parkway just east of Boulder Highway. People headed out to Lake Las Vegas or Lake Mead will notice a lot of construction.

It is the newest master-planned community in southern Nevada called Cadence and developers say this area is in for a building boom.

Cheryl Persinger is vice president of marketing for Cadence. They broke ground in August and developer, the Landwell Company, has grand plans for Cadence.

"We'll have 13,250 homes built in our community once built out, over 10 to 15 years," Persinger said.

Cadence will play a key role for southern Nevada's home building industry's recovery after the recession.

Man dies while swimming at Lake Mohave

Lake Mohave/File Photo

LAS VEGAS -- A 37-year-old man from Bullhead City, Arizona died while swimming at Lake Mohave Sunday.

According to the National Park Service, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area communication center got a call at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday that a man had disappeared while swimming at Cabinsite Cove. Park rangers were told the man was swimming out to get a raft that had blown away, and he was not wearing a life jacket.

Members of a dive class who were training nearby found the victim in about 40-feet of water. They brought him to the surface and tried to save him. The victim was taken to a hospital in Arizona where he was pronounced dead at around 1:40 p.m.

Winds were gusting to nearly 20 miles per hour at the time of the incident.

The Mohave County Medical Examiner will release the man’s name and cause of death.

Search continues for missing Henderson hiker

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities are searching for a Henderson woman who was last seen hiking in Lake Mead National Recreation Area with a man who was found dead last week.

Family and friends of 35-year-old Christina Montes told rangers on Friday she was planning to camp with 62-year-old James Johnson Jr., also of Henderson.

National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover, in a statement Friday, says the two reportedly left on June 3 without sufficient food and water for a 3-mile hike to Arizona Hot Spring.

Johnson's body was found on June 5 near the Colorado River close to Arizona Hot Spring, but there were no signs of her.

The park service discourages hiking to Arizona Hot Spring during the summer due to excessive heat. The strenuous trail offers no shade or potable water.

1 dead, 1 missing after hiking in Lake Mead Recreation Area

LAS VEGAS -- A man was found dead within Lake Mead Recreation Area and the woman, believed to be hiking with him, is missing.

The two had hiked the Arizona Hot Springs trail on June 3. A man's body was found on June 5, according to the Lake Mead Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center.

Rangers received a call that James Edward Johnson, 62, and Christina Diane Montes, 35, left to hike the trail on June 3 and they took little food and no water. The National Park Service and Arizona Department of Public Safety are continuing search efforts.

Montes, who is from Henderson, is described as being 5-foot-2-inches tall and weighing around 100 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing white skinny jeans, a blue top and white flip flops.

Rangers discourage people from hiking the six-mile trail during hot summer months because there is no shade or water.