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Acts of Kindness: Brad Parker

BOULDER CITY, Nev. - Brad Parker is being recognized in a big way. He celebrates his tenth year of weekly volunteering at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City.

“I try to bring a little joy on Wednesday nights,” he said.

This retired U.S. Coast Guardsman and his wife live in Boulder City. He found the veterans home to be the best fit for him to stay active with the military.

“Most of these guys (are) World War Two or Korean vets,” he said. “They're always called ‘the Greatest Generation,’ and I totally agree with that, because they have given so much, given us what we have today in this country.”

Wednesday activities have become quite the event. It’s Pokeno time, and the Parkers are the big draw.

“They're wonderful. They're fun. I don't know whether we come for Pokeno or to see them,” said veterans home resident Leila Heimller.

Community rallies around teacher after house fire

BOULDER CITY-- The Boulder City community is uniting this Mother's Day to help an area teacher in need.

On Thursday, Lisa Combs, a teacher at King Elementary School in Boulder City, was on a school trip when she learned her home was on fire.

Combs' children said the family's four cats were killed and nearly all of their mother and stepfather's possessions were destroyed by flames and smoke. Now, they are sorting through the damage.

"There's a lot of memories attached to this house," said Cameron Thompson, Combs' son.

"It hurts, you know?"

Lou Krumm had a daughter in Combs' class last year, and said she couldn't sit back and let the Combs family go it alone. She said the thought of a fire was terrifying.

"It's one of my worst fears," Krumm said.

Krumm said she and other community members were dropping off food, clothes, gift cards and more just hours after the home caught fire.

Search underway for missing Henderson man

BOULDER CITY, Nev. --  A search is underway for a Henderson man who was last seen swimming in Lake Mead.

Lake Mead rangers received a call around 4:44 p.m. on Sunday that the 45-year-old man was last seen near Castle Reef in Boulder Basin and he appeared to be struggling in the water and disappeared underwater.

The National Park Service and Nevada Department of Wildlife began a search, but suspended efforts around 7:15 p.m. Sunday due to unsafe weather conditions.

Efforts are currently underway to locate the man.

Reid touts $2.5M in US highway grants for Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Sen. Harry Reid has announced more than $2.5 million in federal highway grants for projects in Nevada intended to improve safety on roads and interstates.

The Nevada Democrat says the money is being made available under an act entitled, "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century."

It includes the formal designation of the U.S. Interstate 11 corridor between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Reid says the grants will fund projects specifically intended to reduce deaths and injuries. Among other things, they focus on such things as driver education, impaired driving, pedestrian and bicycle safety, occupant protection and emergency medical services.

Reid says a total of more than $166 million is being distributed to 57 jurisdictions across the country.

Activities announced at Lake Mead for National Park Week

LAS VEGAS -- The National Park Service is offering some unique opportunities to get better acquainted with Lake Mead next week.

It's National Park Week April 19 - 27 and the theme is "Go Wild!" which encourages visitors to discover the different wildlife and rich history of the park. Listed below are the planned events for the week.

Saturday - April 19 - Bluffs Trail Guided Hike

Take a short, guided hike on one of Lake Mead's most scenic trails to learn the importance of protecting natural places for animals that live in the Mojave Desert. This is a 4-mile hike. For reservations and more information, call (702)293-8990.

Tuesday - April 22 - Sketch Class

Renowned botanical illustrator, Donald Davidson, is offering a beginner's sketch class. Learn how to draw and further understand the delicate Mojave Desert plants. For more information and registration, call (702)293-8990.

Man jumps from Hoover Dam bypass bridge

Hoover Dam, Nev. -- A man has jumped to his death from the Tillman-O'Callaghan Memorial Bridge near Hoover Dam, according to Hoover Dam Police.

The man jumped from the bridge at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Park service rangers and Metro Police are working to recover his body.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will identify him.

This is the latest in a string of suicides from the bridge. The last one was in January when a woman from Phoenix jumped to her death.


Cattle roundup forcing closures in Lake Mead area

Cattle roundup forcing closures in Lake Mead area

A dispute between a rancher and the Bureau of Land Management is forcing the National Park Service to close several roads in the northern part of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The areas closed include St. Thomas, Overton Beach and Stewarts Point. Property owners at Stewarts Point will be allowed access during the closure.

The BLM are removing cattle from federal land in the area because they say they are damaging land used by endangered desert tortoise. The cattle belong to rancher Cliven Bundy who claims to have longstanding grazing rights on the land.  

The park service and BLM hope to open the land back up by Friday in time for the Clark County Fair and Rodeo in Logandale.

The closure does not affect Northshore Road, Echo Bay, Redstone and lake remains open.