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Burro Gather Slated for This Week

Burro Gather Slated for This Week

 

Burros said to be a “safety hazard” by Bureau of Land Management officials will be rounded up within the Blue Diamond community near Red Rock National Conservation Area beginning Monday.

BLM workers will gather about 30 nuisance burros from the baseball diamond within the community. The temporary bait trap will consist of a series of corral panels and hay, and will be removed every evening so the park can be used.

BLM officials said the “nuisance burros” are being gathered because they pose a safety hazard along State Route 159 and cause property damage in Blue Diamond. The gather is expected to last about five days.

Road Restrictions Planned for Mt. Charleston

Road Restrictions Planned for Mt. Charleston

 

Roads on Mount Charleston will be restricted and closed while crews work to improve trails and parking lots.

The Nevada Department of Transportation will restrict lanes along State Route 158 starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday. NDOT will be test blasting in the area ahead of an excavating project to eventually lengthen and add a new overlook to the trail on State Route 158.

Crews will be cutting into the face of the mountain so that on-coming traffic can see the nearby parking lot, which is being expanded and widened. The lane restrictions will be lifted at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Beers, Kermit Headline Back-to-School Event

Beers, Kermit Headline Back-to-School Event

 

Consider yourself a true Las Vegas political junkie if you knew about the tie between Bob Beers and Kermit the Frog.

Las Vegas Councilman Beers invites residents to join him for a free back-to-school fair and movie in the park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on August 9 in Ansan Sister City Park.

Free backpacks, school supplies, light refreshments and beverages will be distributed in the park at 7801 Ducharme Ave. (at Buffalo Drive near Alta) while supplies last.

Residents are invited to bring blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy numerous children’s activities until the PG-rated “The Muppets” movie starts at dusk. 

“I’ve been a big fan of Kermit the Frog since I first saw him pick up a banjo,” Councilman Beers said. “In the latest movie, which we will be showing Aug. 9, he actually graduates to a five-string instrument.”

Open House will Highlight Activities at Red Rock Canyon

Open House will Highlight Activities at Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is packed with places to hike, bike and climb, and anyone interested in those activities will get a chance to learn about them at an open house Thursday.

The Bureau of Land Management will host the open house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the visitor center. The event will highlight the hiking, biking, climbing and other activities available at the Red Rock National Conservation Area.

Tour operators and outdoor guides will have booths set up and some will be offering discounts. Some of the tour and guide groups expected include Bobcat Tours, Red Rock Hiking Tours, McGhie’s Bike Outpost and Red Rock Riding Stables.

The open house is part of a series of meetings that are held on the third Thursday of every month. The meetings let people talk with BLM staff and get information about public lands.

Red Rock Campground Closes for the Season

Red Rock Campground Closes for the Season

The campground at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is now closed, and it will stay closed until Labor Day weekend.

The closure started Tuesday. The campground is about two miles east of the visitor center off State Route 159. It is the only developed campground within the conservation area.

People can still camp in the backcountry of Red Rock Canyon with the proper permit from the Bureau of Land Management. To secure a permit, call 702-515-5050. People can camp on BLM land for up to two weeks free of charge. Here are some of the popular campsites on bureau land. The sites do not have facilities.

  • Bitter Spring Backcountry Byway
  • Gold Butte Backcountry Byway
  • Knob Hill
  • Virgin Mountains
  • Christmas Tree Pass
  • Logandale Trails System

Campgrounds are also open at several other places around southern Nevada.

Red Rock Visitor Center Closed Starting Wednesday

Red Rock Visitor Center Closed Starting Wednesday

 

The visitor center at Red Rock Canyon will be temporarily closed starting Wednesday.

The exhibits inside the center and the gift store will be closed while crews reseal the floors. The outdoor exhibits are still accessible. A temporary station has been set up outside the center for visitors to contact conservation area staff.

The visitor center is U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED Gold certified. It was designed to highlight the need for stewardship of public lands. 

BLM Holds Open House at Red Rock Canyon

BLM Holds Open House at Red Rock Canyon

The Bureau of Land Management wants residents' input on proposed special recreation permits at Red Rock Canyon.

The bureau will hold an open house from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center. The BLM will give presentations about the issue at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The BLM is looking at putting into place special recreation permits for Cottonwood Trails System and for the Red Rock Canyon area. The special permits would allow commercial, competitive and organized groups to use the Cottonwood Trails System and the developed areas of Red Rock Canyon.  

People coming to the open house should tell the attendant at the entrance to the scenic loop that they are participating in the open house and fees will be waived.