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Bypass meeting address asbestos concerns

Work will start next spring on the Boulder City Bypass Project.

The project is part of the larger Interstate-11 plan to construct an interstate connecting Las Vegas to Phoenix. 

Tuesday night, project leaders had a public meeting in Boulder City to talk about how to keep the community safe from naturally occurring asbestos in the construction site.

Traces of asbestos were discovered in the area last year. Scientists say being exposed to asbestos has the potential to impact health, but project leaders say they have a plan to handle it.

“Heavy watering is probably the main, main focus to suppress the dust but the Department of Quality the dust control permits they have are very strict and stringent measures anyways,” senior project manager Tony Lorenzi said.

The bypass will be a 15-mile loop around the city.

2 sets of human remains found, Lake Mead and Lake Mohave

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- Two sets of human remains were found in the Lake Mead Recreational area and Lake Mohave, that's according to Christie Vanover of the National Park Service.

They both were found Saturday in different areas and at different times. 

Vanover said the skeletal remains found at Lake Mohave were found by kayakers around 12:15 p.m., and at 3:45 p.m., a boater found the remains at Lake Mead in an area called Stewarts Point Cove. The National Park Service says this area is only accessible by way of boat.

Vanover said they have Park Rangers investigating both scenes. The Clark County Medical Examiner was also called out to the scenes.

Vanover said, three people have been missing for awhile from the Lake Mead Recreational area. Two went missing from Lake Mead back in February. 

Henderson inmate found dead

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- A 55-year-old man found dead at the Henderson city jail was on probation and could have faced four years in prison after his arrest last week on a driving under the influence charge in Boulder City.

The Clark County coroner identified the dead man on Monday as John Francis Mannion of Henderson.

A cause and manner of death wasn't immediately determined.

Henderson city officials call it an apparent suicide. They say Mannion was found unresponsive about 4:30 p.m. Sunday with a bed sheet around his neck, and couldn't be revived.

Boulder City police Sgt. John Glenn says Mannion was arrested Thursday after driving erratically and crashing into roadside objects.

Attorney William Terry says he represented Mannion in felony methamphetamine possession cases that resulted in a three-year probation sentence in January.

Mom of missing woman determined to find her daughter

LAS VEGAS -- The search is still going on for a mother of two who has been missing for more than four months.

Loved ones say Christina Montes disappeared on a hiking trail, but the National Park Service isn't convinced.

Now, a private investigator is stepping in to help and he believes there is more to the story.

It is a missing persons case to the park service, but to her mother and the private investigator she is working with, the disappearance of Montes is suspicious.

Until there is more evidence to prove otherwise, they believe foul play may be involved.

It has been more than four months since Florence Frazier saw her daughter.

“It has been really tough,” Frazier said. “She is very precious to us. We want her home.”

Montes was last seen on June 3.

Schools around the valley getting millions for improvements

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District will soon be spending $54 million on major renovations at a number of schools in the Las Vegas valley.

The money however makes up just 1 percent of the capital improvements needed throughout the entire district, but the schools that are getting the funding say being outspoken about their needs has paid off in the end.

West Preparatory Academy is one of the schools slated to get access to millions of dollars from CCSD's capital improvements fund.

School board trustee Linda Young on Monday announced plans for some $18 million to help build a new two-story state-of-the-art building for this campus that is focused on science and math.

"We have been working at portables in this school for 8 to 9 years, it's not best model for our students," Principal Danny Eichelberger said.

Lake Mead rings in 50 years as recreation area

Lake Mead rings in 50 years as recreation area

The Lake Mead National Recreation area is celebrating 50 years of being open.

The view of Lake Mead was not so different 50 years ago. On Oct. 8, 1964, the day Congress voted to designate the country’s largest man-made reservoir as its first National Recreation Area, visitors also were struck by the sight of a giant white bathtub ring marking where water used to be.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

3 arrested in connection with man found dead a Lake Mohave

LAS VEGAS -- Three people are under arrest in connection with a man found dead at Lake Mohave on Oct. 1.

According to Metro Police, 20-year-old Joselin Martinez-Aguilar, 18-year-old Bryan Melendez-Varela and 18-year-old Esdras Lanza-Martinez were arrested for the murder of 27-year-old Domingo Alva-Gonzalez.

Alva-Gonzalez's body was found floating in Cottonwood Cove on the morning of Oct. 1. The Clark County Coroner's Office found that Alva-Gonzalez had a large cut on the back of his head. The coroner also stated the body had probably been in the water for 24 hours.