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Legislature Approves Boulder City Bypass Toll Road

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- Boulder City could be the first and only place in Nevada with a toll road. State leaders voted and approved a bill that supports a toll road bypassing the area.

The bill also says 50 percent of the workers on this project must have a Nevada drivers' license.

The Regional Transportation Commission has not established a timeline for pursuing the public-private partnership. But the buzz is already flowing through Boulder City about the road. The mayor says it is much needed.

Six months ago, 8 News NOW met Stuart Litjens of BoulderBoats.com. The traffic back up at the time was a headache for businesses like his and many others.

"It's very frustrating," he said. "It's changed our whole quality of life here. The way we get around town has been severely altered."

Lake Mead Park to Open Green Floating Marina

LAS VEGAS-- The National Park Service is celebrating a new floating marina project at Lake Mead designed to be environmentally friendly.

Park officials say the marina outside Las Vegas will be the world's first LEED certified floating building. A dedication ceremony has been scheduled for Monday afternoon. The building will serve as the operation office for the Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on Lake Mohave. The eco-friendly structure features energy-efficient materials and fixtures such as recycled plastic and recycled tires.

Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina is located 90 minutes from Las Vegas and offers lakeside accommodations and boat rentals.

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Friends, Family to Search for Missing Man at Lake Mead

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- The family and friends of the man presumed drowned at Lake Mead are mounting a weekend search to find him.

Thirty-eight-year-old Ruben Aguirre-Martinez of Las Vegas was lost in the water Tuesday night while trying to help a friend get back into his boat. The National Park Service and Nevada Department of Wildlife searched for Aguirre-Martinez through Thursday, but were unable to find him.

Aguirre-Martinez's friends and family are coming to Las Vegas to search for him on Saturday, and they are asking for volunteers to help. They will meet at Callville Bay at 8 a.m.

"We know the reality of things -- we might not be looking for him, but his body, and we're fully aware of that. But I want to give some closure to his parents," said Aguirre-Martinez's friend Lisette Vieyra.

Vieyra will be assisting with the search on Saturday. If you would like to help, she can be contacted at (818) 267-9340.

Missing Lake Mead Boater Presumed Dead

Missing Lake Mead Boater Presumed Dead

 

The National Park Service has concluded its search and rescue efforts for the missing boater on Lake Mead and will transition to a search and recovery operation Thursday. The missing man who is now presumed drowned is identified as Ruben Aguirre-Martinez, 38, of Las Vegas.

Park rangers assisted by Nevada Department of Wildlife game wardens continued the search Wednesday for Aguirre-Martinez. The search resumed at 6 a.m. and continued until 4 p.m. Tomorrow park rangers will continue to search the area for the man's body. After tomorrow, the search will be scaled down to searches during normal patrols
of the area.

"Given the witness reports, how long he has been missing, the water temperature, and weather conditions we believe that the probability of finding Aguirre-Martinez alive is very unlikely," said Andrew Muñoz, Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokesman.

Busy Weekend for Lake Mead Rescue Crews

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- It is a lot calmer Monday, but windy conditions made for some dangerous conditions over the weekend at Lake Mead.

Park rangers had a busy weekend -- they had to rescue more than two dozen people who got themselves into an unsafe situation. Many were out on boats, but they could not get back to shore because of the choppy waters.

"Some of the rescues were so dangerous that the game wardens from the Nevada Department of Wildlife were telling me that they had to decide to leave people on the beach overnight because they just couldn't get their boats into shore to take those people off safely," said Andrew Munoz with the National Parks Service.

Boaters who find themselves in trouble can contact the NPS on marine band radio. It is a channel that is monitored 24 hours a day.

Safety Encouraged for Holiday Weekend on Lake Mead

Safety Encouraged for Holiday Weekend on Lake Mead

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- An estimated 180,000 people are expected to head to Lake Mead this holiday weekend, which is why park rangers and game wardens will be out in force to make sure everyone stays safe.

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is now accepting camper registrations for its 2011 resident summer camp sessions June 19 to August 14.  Download the camp book and register on-line at girlscoutsnv.org.

Established in 1949, Camp Foxtail, located in the Toiyabe National Forest, provides Girl Scouts ages 8 to 17 years old with traditional resident camp experiences.  Programs encourage leadership through activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, high and low adventure courses, singing, arts and crafts, campfires and much more.

Session prices range from $300 to $350 and girls must be a registered member of Girl Scouts to attend Camp Foxtail. Membership is $12 annually and can be purchased at the same time as camp sessions.

To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 385-3677 or visit girlscoutsnv.org.