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Shooting Complex Offering Winter Hours

Shooting Complex Offering Winter Hours

The Clark County Shooting Complex is starting its winter hours.

The shooting range will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The range will be closed Mondays and Tuesday except for special events.

The 2,900-acre complex offers an archery center, sporting clays course, shotgun and rifle-pistol centers. Shooters can bring their own weapons or rent equipment at the complex.

The complex has been under scrutiny lately because of the amount of money it has been losing. It was supposed to be paying for its self but has yet to do that.

Shorter hours for winter are expected to help the range with its budget. 

House Hearing Set for Tule Springs Monument Plan

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials from the Las Vegas area are testifying to Congress in hopes of turning the Tule Springs Fossil Beds into a new national monument.

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce President Kristin McMillan is set to join North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross in the push Thursday morning before the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.

The bill sponsored by Nevada's House delegation would create a 22,650-acre national monument on the northern edge of the Las Vegas valley.

The designation would help protect the thousands of Ice Age fossils there, and would provide land for local college research, recreation, commercial development and military training.

Advocates say the monument could help create jobs and boost tourism.

Pack In, Pack Out Program Launched at Floyd Lamb Park

Pack In, Pack Out Program Launched at Floyd Lamb Park

The city of Las Vegas wants people to help keep city parks clean and recycle, so it is launching a pilot program at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.

When people arrive at the park, they will be given a small blue bag for recycling and a small clear bag for trash. When people leave the park, they will be asked to drop off two bags at a designated area.

Park officials hope the Pack In, Pack Out program will get people to think about reducing how much trash they put into a trash bin and how much they can recycle.

The city's recycling program at parks has been able to hit a 50 percent recycling rate or higher.

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs was chosen as a pilot project because visitors must enter and exit through one access point. 

Guided Hikes Planned for Fall Colors on Mt. Charleston

Guided Hikes Planned for Fall Colors on Mt. Charleston

While it might still feel like summer in the Las Vegas valley, on Mt. Charleston the weather and the leaves are changing for fall.

The U.S. Forest Service will be offering a guided hike along Bristlecone Trial, which features yellow aspen. The hike will start at 10 a.m. Sunday.

There will also be a guided hike at Lee Meadows on Friday night, starting at 8 p.m.

For the kids, a junior ranger program for elementary school-aged students will start at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kyle Visitor Center.

For more information and to register for these events, go to gomtcharleston.com or call (702) 515-5408.

State Route 157, otherwise known as Kyle Canyon Road, is back open to all traffic. It was closed early this week after Sunday's thunderstorms.

Ponds at Floyd Lamb State Park Reopening

Ponds at Floyd Lamb State Park Reopening

The city of Las Vegas announced plans Thursday to reopen three of the four ponds at Floyd Lamb State Park at Tule Springs for fishing this weekend.

The city closed the ponds several weeks ago after several dead ducks were found in the area.

The necropsy, which is what an autopsy on an animal is called, was inconclusive and tests on the water showed nothing was wrong. No other dead water fowl has been found.

Ponds one through three will reopen Saturday. Pond four will be closed while maintenance crews work on a recirculation pump.

The city thanked the public for its patience during the closure.

Patrols Looking for People Breaking Fire Rules on Mt. Charleston

Patrols Looking for People Breaking Fire Rules on Mt. Charleston

New saturation patrols started Wednesday and will last through the Fourth of July weekend, on and around Mt. Charleston.   

Federal and state law enforcement will be looking for anyone breaking the law and especially those breaking fire restriction rules.

Right now, all federal lands in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, which includes Mt. Charleston, are under Stage One Fire Restrictions.

That means campfires are restricted to designated campgrounds and absolutely no fireworks are allowed.

"There is no such thing as a safe-and-sane firework on the forest. It is against the law to use them in Clark County and it is against the law to use them in the forest," Jay Nichols with the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area said.

Other fire restrictions include:

New Garside Pool Begins Construction Next Week

New Garside Pool Begins Construction Next Week

Groundbreaking for a new community pool will take place at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday near Garside Junior High School.

The new pool will be situated between the school’s basketball and tennis courts. It is set to replace the original Garside Pool, built in 1971. The new pool should be open in June 2014.

“I have looked forward to beginning construction on this new pool for Ward 1 residents for such a long time,” Las Vegas Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian said in a statement. “Now the time has finally arrived. By next summer, there should be a wonderful new pool for families to enjoy, at last.”

The new aquatic facility will feature a zero-depth play area with play structures and slide; a heated, four-lane lap pool with a one-meter diving board; two 19-foot-high water slides; locker rooms, showers, landscaping, an entry plaza and a shark bike rack. The entry plaza will include a splash pad water feature.