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2-Alarm Fire Doused at Nevada Solar Energy Plant

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A city official says Boulder City and Henderson firefighters doused a two-alarm blaze in a cooling tower at a solar power generating station east of Las Vegas.

Boulder City spokeswoman Rose Ann Miele says no one was hurt in the fire a little after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Eldorado Energy plant off U.S. 95.

Miele tells the Las Vegas Sun the fire was apparently sparked by a welder doing work at the facility.

It's located in the Eldorado Valley about 17 miles south of downtown Boulder City.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Hoover Dam Marks 75th Anniversary

LAS VEGAS -- The tallest concrete dam in the western hemisphere is celebrating a big anniversary. Hoover Dam was dedicated 75 years ago on September 30, 1935.

In honor of the anniversary, a ceremony was held in the exact spot where President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his dedication speech.

The dam was the largest man-made structure in the history of mankind kind when it was built.

Bill Schermerhorn, with the Bureau of Reclamation says Hoover Dam is 10-percent bigger than the largest pyramid in Egypt.

"It's absolutely amazing. I mean, this has never been done before. Nobody was real sure if it would work and here we are 75 years later and the dam is virtually in the same condition as it was placed," said Schermerhorn.

A dedication ceremony took place in honor of the dam's 75 year anniversary. It was built to provide flood control and water to several states.

Parents Use GPS Tracking Device for Children

LAS VEGAS -- A sad ending for a Henderson family. Search crews found the body of their son, 16-year-old Shane McNeil Tuesday morning.

McNeil was found near Boy Scout Canyon, just south of Hoover Dam. He had left for a hike alone on Saturday and never met up with his mother at the area they designated on Saturday evening.

His body was found at the bottom of a ravine, about a mile off the trail he had been on.

The Foothill High School sophomore just moved to Henderson from the east coast this summer and was used to different terrain.

A GPS tracking device might have helped searchers reach McNeil sooner. Parents all across the country are using a new device that lets them know just where their kids are at any given moment.

Body of Missing Henderson Teen Found

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- What started out to be a hopeful day for family and friends of Shane McNeil turned tragic when the teen's body was discovered after he disappeared while hiking.

The Henderson teen's body was discovered around 11:30 a.m. near Boy Scout Canyon near Lake Mead. McNeil was reported missing late Saturday night after he went for a hike south of Hoover Dam along the Colorado River.

Earlier in the day, search crews had reported that they found tracks believed to belong to McNeil within one mile of where he sent his last text message. His family remained hopeful he would be found alive.

"You can only imagine the personal torment this woman has gone through having her young son out there," said Shane McNeil, Shane's uncle.

McNeil had moved to Nevada from the East Coast in July and was used to hiking but not in Nevada terrain.

Henderson 16-Year-Old Missing Since Saturday

BOULDER CITY, Nev.  -- An intense search is underway for a missing 16-year-old who was last seen Saturday when he was hiking at Lake Mead. Rescuers are concerned about the triple-digit heat in the area.

"You may be fit but this weather 100 or 110 degrees is hotter than it is in town. You will go down with dehydration," said Tiege Downs, Lake Mead Fire & Rescue.

Rescuers are looking for Henderson teen Shane McNeil. They are looking in the area south of Hoover Dam along the Colorado River.

McNeil's mother reported him missing at about 10 p.m. Saturday. She had received a text message from him just after 7 p.m. saying he could see the Colorado River as he neared the Hoover dam. But when she went to pick him up at the Hoover Dam Visitor's Center, authorities say, he didn't show.

Events Planned to Mark Hoover Dam's 75th

BOULDER CITY, Nev.  -- The federal Bureau of Reclamation is preparing to mark the 75th anniversary of Hoover Dam with four days of events including a rededication ceremony and reduced-price tours.

A ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Thursday next to the Winged Figures of the Republic statues will re-enact the 1935 dedication of the structure by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Arizona DPS Identifies NV Man Killed in I-15 Crash

ST. GEORGE, Utah -- The Arizona Department of Public Safety has identified a 70-year-old Nevada man killed in a crash on Interstate 15 in the Virgin River Gorge.

DPS Sgt. John Bottoms told the St. George Spectrum that investigators think John West Sanford of Boulder City might have been impaired by alcohol or a medical condition before the 8 p.m. Monday wreck on the northbound freeway near Littlefield, Ariz.

Bottoms says Sanford's 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck struck the concrete median barrier wall, and then hit a 2001 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by 36-year-old Renato Gallegos-Quiralte of North Las Vegas, Nev.

Gallegos-Quiralte wasn't hurt, and Bottoms says he doesn't face charges in the crash.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)