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New Citizens to be Sworn In on Lake Mead

New Citizens to be Sworn In on Lake Mead

 

A momentous day for many people will coincide with a historic first at Lake Mead, thanks to the idea of a Boulder City High School student.

At 8 a.m. Friday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Park Service (NPS), and the Boulder City High School National Honor Society will host a naturalization ceremony – the first such ceremony on Lake Mead. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge George W. Foley will preside.

The 24 citizenship candidates will board the Desert Princess paddlewheel boat and sail to a point within view of the upstream side of Hoover Dam and the recently opened Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, where they will take the Oath of Allegiance on Lake Mead. The idea was first presented to officials by Hannah Dey, a student at Boulder City High School who will attend Friday’s ceremony.

Free Entry at Lake Mead for National Park Week

Free Entry at Lake Mead for National Park Week

 

National Park Week will be celebrated at Lake Mead National Recreation Area starting Saturday with a host of events.

April 21-29 will be the dates for free entry and events for the family.

National Park Week Events at Lake Mead National Recreation Area:

Report Pushes Benefits of Parks to Economy

Report Pushes Benefits of Parks to Economy

National Park Service officials are touting the findings of an annual report that shows spending in or near parks supports local economies.

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 7 million visitors in 2010 spent more than $254 million at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and communities in Nevada and Arizona near the park. The report postulates that spending supported 2,452 jobs in the local areas.

“The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known the economic value of the parks. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a key piece of the engine that drives our local economy,” said William Dickinson, Park Superintendent.

Volunteers Needed for Lake Mead Cleanup Efforts

Volunteers Needed for Lake Mead Cleanup Efforts

Park rangers need help cleaning up Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Rangers will take adventurous volunteers on the OZ boat to clean up around the lake. Volunteers will enjoy a boat ride to a selected cove while they assist park rangers with two-to-three-hour litter-removal effort.

Many dates for Operation Zero program are available from March 3 to May 19 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The OZ program is best suited for groups of six to 10 people. Park officials call it a great program for business groups, church groups and other organizations.

Preventing Drownings Focus of Videos Backed by Grant

Preventing Drownings Focus of Videos Backed by Grant

 

The National Park Foundation will award Lake Mead NRA a 2012 Impact Grant to support the launch of two bilingual drowning prevention videos, a project that will educate people about how to prevent drowning by depicting real-life scenarios.

The grant is part of the National Park Foundation’s Impact Grant program, which gives parks the financial support needed to transform innovative yet underfunded ideas into successful in-park programs and initiatives.

“Most drownings can be easily prevented,” Superintendent Bill Dickinson said.  “Unfortunately there are 30 drownings at Lake Mead NRA each year.  These are heartbreaking events for families and park staff. These videos will help educate our visitors about how easy it is to prevent such a needless loss of life.”

Lake Mead Free of Fees for Holiday Weekend

Lake Mead Free of Fees for Holiday Weekend

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with free admission to the park.

Lake Mead is one of 397 national parks offering free entrance for the holiday weekend. The fee-free offer is Saturday through Monday. Also in honor of Dr. King, Western National Parks Association Bookstore, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, is offering a 15 percent discount on all bookstore items. The discount includes books, postcards, T-shirts and other gifts at the store. 

Public Lands Free for Weekend Celebration

Public Lands Free for Weekend Celebration

 

Lake Mead is celebrating National Public Lands Day with free entry into the park on Saturday.

The park service will also be hosting a clean up of Government Wash. The first 100 people to be part of the effort will get a free National Public Lands Day t-shirt and a coupon for a free admission to any participating federal land area.

Western National Parks Association Bookstore will also be offering 15 percent off all bookstore items including books, postcards, T-shirts and gift items. The bookstore is at 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City.

Anyone interested in helping the park service clean up the lake can register by calling (702) 293-8711 . The fee-free day only applies to admission fees. There are still fees for camping, lake use and concessions.