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Report: Lake Mead pumps $260M into nearby communities

Report: Lake Mead pumps $260M into nearby communities

A new National Park Service report shows just how much Lake Mead has helped nearby communities last year.

According to the report, in 2013, visitors to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area spent $260 million in communities with 60 miles of the park, which is an $8 million increase over the year before.

The recreation area ranked among the top 10 in visitor spending out of all 401 parks under the National Park Service’s control.

“This is impressive news for our local communities. It shows that despite lowering lake levels and a 16-day government shutdown, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, continues to be a premier recreation destination and a critical economic engine for our gateway communities and partners,” said Bill Dickinson, park superintendent.

Lake Mead supports approximately 2,900 jobs locally. The biggest expenditures were on lodging, followed by food and beverages, gas and oil and admissions and fees.

Lake Mohave Marina operating contract up for bids

The National Park Service is looking for someone to operate a full-service marina at Katherine Landing on the Lake Mohave, which is within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The contract includes the operation of the marina, boat rental, food and beverage, retail, fuel and other services. The contact would be a 15-year deal.

Katherine Landing is the second most popular area within Lake Mead. Last year, more than 1.3 million people visited the area, which is up 38 percent compared to last year.

A one-day site visit is set for April 15. People interested in going need to contact Kim Gagliolo at Kim_Gagliolo@nps.gov. Questions about the prospectus must be submitted in writing to Gagliolo by April 12.

For more on the contract, go to concessions.nps.gov.

Dotty’s Owner Gets Gaming License for Revamped Hacienda Casino

Plans to remodel the Hacienda Hotel is moving forward with a meeting of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Dotty’s Casino chain owner Craig Estey and his company, Nevada Restaurant Services, requested a gaming license for the Hoover Dam Lodge, formerly the Hacienda, between Hoover Dam and Boulder City.

Read more in Vegas Inc.com

New Operator Taking Over Lake Mead Boat Tours

New Operator Taking Over Lake Mead Boat Tours

Lake Mead National Recreation Area has awarded a contract to the national company Aramark to operate the park's sightseeing boat tours.

Aramark already runs hospitality services at state and national parks around the country, including Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Denali National Park & Preserve.

The contract is for 10 years. Aramark will operate the tours for a minimum of twice a day, five days a week March through October. The tours will also operate once per day, four days a week February through November

Lake Mead Cruises has operated the service for the past 25 years; however, the owners decided not to bid on the new contract.

Aramark will continue to offer snacks and drinks on the vessel and at the landing facilities. 

Zappos Signs On to Sponsor Bike Event

Zappos Signs On to Sponsor Bike Event

Already the primary sponsor of the marathon in Las Vegas, Zappos is jumping behind another major outdoor athletic event.

Zappos will be the platinum title sponsor of RTC Viva Bike Vegas 2013 Gran Fondo Pinarello Sponsored by Zappos.com, a cycling event that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event, put on by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, is expected to attract between 2,500-3,500 cyclists. Proceeds from the ride will benefit four local charities: Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, After-School All-Stars Las Vegas, Communities in Schools of Nevada and Nevada Child Seekers.

The Drones Could Be Coming to Boulder City

The Drones Could Be Coming to Boulder City


Boulder City could be one of four sites around the state where unmanned drones would be tested.

Nevada wants to be one of six places in the United States where commercial drones will be tested.

The state Office of Economic Development today submitted its final applications to host the testing.

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

Tour Companies Team Up for Land and Air Coverage

Tour Companies Team Up for Land and Air Coverage


Boulder City will be one of the departure points for a new venture between The Papillon Group and Pink Jeep Tours.

The two tour groups are now teaming up to offer outdoor tours to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Sedona, Arizona by air and land.

Through the new partnership, tourists will be able to book scenic expeditions on Papillon helicopters and airplanes and land tours through Pink Jeep Tours' fleet of Jeep Wranglers and Tour Trekkers.

Tours will also run out of Las Vegas, Sedona, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.

The tours vary by price and length. Tours can be booked online at www.papillon.com or call (888) 635-7272 or www.pinkjeeptours.com or call (888) 900-4480.