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Open House to Discuss Transportation Improvements at Red Rock

Open House to Discuss Transportation Improvements at Red Rock


A Thursday meeting at Red Rock Canyon will focus on improving transportation options in the popular recreation area.

Pedestrian Bridge Nears Completion

 A pedestrian bridge that will take people over busy Lake Mead Boulevard at Tenaya Way is nearly complete.

The bridge is part of the multi-million dollar trail project in southern Nevada. The project connects current separate trails around the Las Vegas Valley into 20 miles of continuous trails from the northwest to the southeast. The bridge at Lake Mead Boulevard and Tenaya Way is part of the Lone Mountain Trail. A pedestrian bridge was also completed over Cheyenne. Besides installing bridges over busy roads the project has also added better footpaths, improved lighting and fences where the trail follows the Buffalo flood control channel.

The money for the project was provided by the Bureau of Land Management's sale of public land. In all the project has cost $4.7 million.   

Red Rock Campground Closes for the Season

The campground at the Red Rock National Conservation Area will close Tuesday.

The campground is located two miles east of the visitor center just of State Route 159. It is the only developed campground inside the conservation area. The area will be closed until Labor Day.  

There are several other areas available for camping including the Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Mead Recreation and the backcountry at Red Rock Canyon. You can camp on Bureau of Land Management land for up two weeks with a permit for no charge.

Graffiti Cleanup Work Coming Along at Red Rock

Graffiti Cleanup Work Coming Along at Red Rock

Vandals damaged rock art sites at Red Rock National Conservation Area in November 2010. Since then, restoration experts have worked to clean the graffiti sprayed onto the rocks and Bureau of Land Management officials today highlighted the progress made. 8 News NOW Photojournalist Mark Zamora sent these photos of the work. (Click on the story headline to see more photos.)

Urban trails enable residents to explore nature without leaving city

Urban trails enable residents to explore nature without leaving city

With the area's plethora of beautiful local trails, Urban hiking is growing in popularity in the Las Vegas Valley. The Review-Journal weighs in with some of their favorites.

Karen Sikorski has seen all kinds of wildlife on her frequent walks along the trails that wind through Sunset Park's dunes.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

The National Park Service is waiving lake use fees Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave – a savings of $16 per vessel – for boaters who show proof of completing an approved boating course.

"Statistics show that the majority of boaters who are involved in accidents report that they haven't completed a formal boating education course," Superintendent Bill Dickinson said.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics showed that in 2009, 78 percent of boating accidents and 86 percent of boat fatalities involved operators with no formal boating education.

"We're announcing this early so boaters who haven't taken a course will have a chance to do so before the holiday weekend," Dickinson said.

Median Island Beautification Project Completed on Rampart

The City of Las Vegas celebrated Wednesday the completion of a $100,000 median island beautification project on Rampart Boulevard at Del Webb Boulevard.

The work included rock-scaping, boulder placement and installation of metal sculptures. City of Las Vegas employee and welder Michael Dunn created the 24 metal sculptures of cacti and other plants that are featured on the six islands. The cumulative length of the islands is nearly 1.5 miles, and the total surface area improved is just more than 100,000 square feet. Approximately 700 tons of landscape rock and 165 boulders weighing a total of 42 tons were installed.

Funding came from unallocated 1-percent room tax receipts. All work, except boulder placement, was completed by city of Las Vegas Department of Operations and Maintenance staff.