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Free Day at State Museums Saturday

To mark their newly expanded schedules, Nevada’s state museums will offer free admission Saturday.

The seven museums include two in southern Nevada. Train rides at the railroad museum Boulder City will be half-price.

The two southern Nevada locations are:

Film About Lake Mead Wins Award

Film About Lake Mead Wins Award

A film chronicling a variety of aspects of Lake Mead National Recreation Area recently received the Spring 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award

The film, “LIFE IN THE DESERT: LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA” describes the sacredness of park lands to Native Americans through a local tribe member, and also uses unscripted interviews with park visitors as they enjoy hiking, bicycling, fishing, swimming and boating. 

The 21-minute film is shown daily at the Lake Mead Visitor Center.

For a complete list of Spring 2013 CINE Golden Eagle recipients, go to http://www.cine.org/spring-2013-cine-golden-eagle-award-recipients/

Campground Renovation Beginning at Lake Mead

Improvements to the Las Vegas Bay Campground at Lake Mead National Recreation Area will close a handful of campsites.

Renovation is beginning near the first loop of the campground, near sites 1-7 and 59-85. Native trees and shrubs, as well as a drip irrigation system, will be installed. Park officials say the purpose is to promote water conservation and provide shade, privacy and windbreak.

The remainder of the loop and campground will remain open during the $200,000 renovation, funded by the sale of federal lands in southern Nevada.

Alternate Launch Ramp in Use at Lake Mead

Alternate Launch Ramp in Use at Lake Mead

Lake Mead officials are asking boaters to utilize an alternative launch ramp.

Because of a narrow channel near the main launch ramp at Echo Bay, officials request boaters use the low-water launch ramp.

The main launch ramp is still open, but navigation is difficult because docks and anchors from the former marina have shifted with changing water levels, creating a very narrow channel. Boaters who launch from the low-water area will have an easier time navigating into the Overton Arm.

The courtesy dock at the main ramp has been relocated to the low-water area for boater safety and convenience.

Horsford Puts Forward Gold Butte Legislation

Horsford Puts Forward Gold Butte Legislation

Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, introduced legislation Thursday intended to protect Gold Butte.

The Virgin Valley Tourism and Lake Mead Preservation Act would create a Gold Butte National Conservation Area (NCA) of approximately 350,000 acres.

All currently open roads within the NCA would remain open for access. The bill would also promote Lake Mead for tourism, support a local airport development extension, and direct the Secretary of the Interior to consult with local leaders on energy development.

Horsford said the legislation also establishes the Virgin Valley Tourism and Economic Advisory Council which would include representatives from Moapa, Moapa Valley, Bunkerville, and Mesquite. Additional council members would be assigned by the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council and the Clark County Board of County Commissioners.

Restoration Plan for Virgin River Floodplain Needs Public Input

Restoration Plan for Virgin River Floodplain Needs Public Input

Input is being sought on a restoration plan for thousands of acres in the Virgin River floodplain.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service (NPS), Lake Mead National Recreation Area are seeking public input on the development of a restoration plan for the Virgin River floodplain in Nevada.

The floodplain area covers about 21,000 acres and extends from the Nevada-Arizona state line to the confluence with Lake Mead. The goal of the proposed restoration plan is to describe methods that will be used to reduce invasive tamarisk and restore native vegetation that is resistant to future invasion by non-native species. 

Free Fishing Day at Lake Mead Upcoming

Offers will abound at Lake Mead on Saturday, June 8, including free fishing and discounted boat rentals.

The State of Nevada is holding a free fishing day on June 8 and Forever Resorts is offering 25 percent off full-day deck boat rentals that day.

Representatives from the Nevada Department of Wildlife will be at Callville Bay to distribute information about boating safety. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct vessel examinations and “Coastie the Safety Boat” will attend to entertain and educate children.