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Boulder City attorney admits to 1 ethics violation

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- Dave Olsen, the attorney for Boulder City, is facing a fine for an ethics violation.

Olsen's case went before the Nevada Commission on Ethics on Wednesday. Former Boulder City Police Chief Tom Finn filed a formal ethics complaint about Olsen helping his son, Brian Olsen, sue his own employer.

Brian Olsen was facing criminal charges regarding nude photos allegedly stolen from a cell phone. Brian Olsen sued Henderson and Boulder City for false arrest. He listed his father, Dave Olsen, as the principal expert witness. The charges were later dropped and a judge found the lawsuit without any merit.

Olsen agreed to one willful violation and is facing a fine of $1,500.

Travel detours for drivers to bypass damaged I-15

LAS VEGAS -- Authorities have opened a route through Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park to passenger vehicles detouring around a flood-damaged section of Interstate 15.

Northbound: Take I-15 north to exit 75, drive through the Valley of Fire Highway, turn North on Highway 169. This will connect you back to I-15 northbound above the washout.

Southbound: Take I-15 southbound through Mesquite, take exit 93, then Highway 169 southbound to the Valley of Fire Highway. This will connect you back onto I-15 below the washout.

Trucks traveling between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City are still required to use a roundabout detour between Exit 64 in Nevada and Exit 59 in Utah. That route uses U.S. 93, Nevada State Route 319, and Utah State Route 56 through Panaca, Nevada, and to Cedar City. You can also  turn south onto Utah Route 18 to get to St. George (as shown on map).

I-Team: Another round in court will cost Boulder City taxpayers

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- Boulder City taxpayers lost another round in court this week and will have to dig a bit deeper into their wallets to pay for it.

The courts have ruled that Boulder City elected officials tried to silence and intimidate the voters by filing lawsuits against people who started political petitions. The legal bill keeps growing.

When residents of Boulder City decided in 2010 that their city council was ignoring the public, they started a series of petition drives. The city responded by suing the six individuals who started the petitions.

The Nevada Supreme Court has already agreed that this was a thinly disguised attempt to intimidate the public and punish those who dared to challenge the council.

MGM sells Nevada casino that predates Hoover Dam

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- MGM Resorts International is selling a Henderson casino that was built before the Hoover Dam and contains a vault that once guarded wages for the project's construction workers.

The casino company announced Friday that it would sell the 83-year-old Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino to Henderson-based First Federal Realty.

The new owners say they plan to keep all current employees.

Railroad Pass is located near Boulder City and opened in 1931 as a casino and dance hall. Its operator received the fourth gambling license in U.S. history to run the casino, and the mayor of Las Vegas granted Railroad Pass permission to operate a single roulette wheel.

MGM and First Federal Realty did not disclose the sale price for the 120-room hotel. The deal is contingent upon regulatory approvals.


I-Team: Questions about city attorney's involvement in lawsuit

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- The highest legal official in Boulder City's municipal government is embroiled in what looks like a costly and somewhat sleazy criminal case.

It involves nude photos allegedly stolen from the cell phone of a beauty school student.

Criminal charges were filed against a Boulder City resident named Brian Olsen, the son of City Attorney David Olsen. The charges were later dropped but the legal fallout is far from over.

From a political standpoint, there is no good ending for any news story that includes 'city attorney' and ‘nude photos' in the same sentence, but so far, Boulder City's top legal authority has weathered the storm.

Thousands head to Lake Mead to bid farewell to summer

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun.

Labor Day is one of the busiest weekends of the year for the lake and attracts boaters, jet skiers and swimmers. It's estimated more than 100,000 people were on the lake.

Marcio Santana, who had his four kids in tow, was looking for way to enjoy his final weekend of the summer.

"Just to relax, get away from work, get away from the city," he said.

Santana and his family camped out for three days and got in a lot of wakeboarding.

Jonathan Gardner, of Las Vegas, was also enjoying the water, but also paying attention to the lower water level. 

Coroner identifies Lake Mohave drowning victim

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities have identified the Southern California man whose body was pulled from the waters of Lake Mohave about a week after he jumped from a houseboat.

Clark County coroner's officials say 31-year-old Paul Bach Nguyen of Alhambra died of drowning.

A tourist spotted his body floating near Cottonwood Cove on Sunday afternoon, and it was recovered by rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Lake Mead spokeswoman Christie Vanover says Nguyen had been boating with family and friends on Aug. 16 when he went for a swim and disappeared.

He was not wearing a lifejacket.

Crews had been searching for him since he went missing.