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Boulder Beach Pier Repaired and Ready for Holiday Weekend

Boulder Beach Pier Repaired and Ready for Holiday Weekend

 

The fishing pier at Boulder Beach is now back out in the water and open to anglers, just in time for Memorial Day.

The pier was closed in March after vandals burned a hole in the deck of the pier and broke several rails. The damages, which were estimated at about $6,000, made the pier unsafe.

Fishermen often use the spot to catch largemouth bass, rainbow trout, striped bass, black crappie, channel catfish and bluegill. 

Red Rock Campground to Close for Summer

Red Rock Campground to Close for Summer

 

Red Rock Campground will shut down for the summer following the Memorial Day holiday.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s developed campground is scheduled to temporarily close from May 28 to August 30.

Located approximately two miles east of the visitor center on State Route 159 (West Charleston Boulevard), Red Rock Campground is the only developed campground within the conservation area.

Other open campgrounds include:

Quagga Mussels Targeted by Congressmen

Quagga Mussels Targeted by Congressmen

Two Nevada representatives are introducing a bill to speed the process of adding quagga mussels to the list of invasive species.

Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei introduced H.R. 1823, the Protecting Lakes Against Quagga (PLAQ) Act of 2013, which would add quagga mussels to the national list of invasive species. This listing gives federal agencies greater ability to prevent the spread of the invasive species.

"Quagga mussels pose a constant threat to our local environment and economy. In Nevada, the Bureau of Reclamation at Hoover Dam alone spends $1 million annually on quagga mussel control,” Heck said in a statement. “This is a commonsense, bipartisan piece of legislation that will ease the burden on taxpayers in Nevada, protect Lake Mead from further being invaded by this species, and prevent other lakes across the country from being affected in the future.”

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health

 

A group of local middle school students wants southern Nevadans to be aware of what they call an environmental hazard at Lake Mead.

Greenspun Junior High School Leadership Club students are launching a public campaign about “the dangers and the damage done by the use of carbureted 2-stroke engines.”

In 2013, a ban on personal watercrafts with carbureted 2-stroke engines went into effect to help reduce pollution at the lake. Leadership Club students, led by educators Gwendolyn Buckles and Katie Litzenberg, started an educational campaign named “Lake MEad.” It focuses on the effects pollution has in southern Nevada’s public recreation areas.

The students created a multimedia campaign to spread the word about the 2-stroke engine ban at the lake. During their after-school club, students chose this cause as their annual community project.

Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk

Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk

 

The Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies are hosting a wildfire awareness day from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Red Rock National Conservation Area Visitors Center.

People are invited to learn about how to be wildfire prepared. Volunteer fire stations and citizen advisory groups also have scheduled cleanups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Mountain Springs near Highway 160 and mile marker 19, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 on Mount Charleston on June 8.

Wildfire Awareness Week runs through May 11 this year in Nevada, but cleaning up dry debris and brush is encouraged throughout the warmest months to reduce fire-burning fuels.

Tips include:

Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday

Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday

 

The summer season brings a change in fire restrictions on Nevada’s public lands, and this season’s rules go into effect Saturday.

On May 11, the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service are implementing fire restrictions in southern Nevada, including Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Red Rock National Conservation Area.

Agencies will offer several media availability opportunities to discuss these restrictions, last year’s fire statistics and predicted forecast for this year:

Fire restrictions prohibit:

Junior Ranger Day This Weekend at Lake Mead

Junior Ranger Day This Weekend at Lake Mead

 

Saturday is Junior Ranger Day at Boulder Beach at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the Boulder Beach picnic area. Park entrance fees will be waived for those attending the event.

Dozens of kids will be sworn in as Junior Park Rangers after exploring stations that teach them what it takes to work for the National Park Service. 

Before earning their badges, children will have the opportunity to operate a fire hose, explore law enforcement vehicles, touch live reptiles, learn about water safety, play in the dirt and discover artifacts.

K-9 demonstrations will take place at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Kids will also get to meet Smokey Bear, Mojave Max, Coastie the talking robot boat, the City of Henderson’s Rad Tad and Charlotte, this year’s Junior Bark Ranger.