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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.

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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.

Lane Closures This Weekend on Rainbow for Construction

Lane Closures This Weekend on Rainbow for Construction

As many as half the traffic lanes on Rainbow Boulevard will close between Alta Drive and Washington Avenue from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday while work continues on a pedestrian undercrossing.

Lane closures will be required while a 50-foot wide trench is excavated through Rainbow Boulevard north of Westcliff Drive, and for major work on a pedestrian undercrossing of Rainbow. When completed, the arch will be 200 feet long, 16 feet wide and 12 feet high at the center, allowing ample space for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross Rainbow Boulevard below the roadway. Access to U.S. 95 on- and off-ramps will not be impeded, but motorists should expect traffic delays as a result of the lane restrictions. 

Similar lane restrictions will be in place the weekends of April 1-4, 8-11 and 15-18, from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, as the work progresses across Rainbow from east to west.

Open Houses Slated for Red Rock Canyon

Open Houses Slated for Red Rock Canyon

The Bureau of Land Management, Red Rock/Sloan Field Office will be holding open houses the third Thursday of each month. The open houses will be held to give the public an opportunity to meet staff, get information about projects and planning, and ask questions about the management of Red Rock and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Areas and Walking Box Ranch.

The first open house will be held Thursday. Open houses will run from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center. When participants enter the fee booth at the entrance of the Scenic Drive, they should tell the attendant that they are attending the open house and fees will be waived.

Free snowshoe hikes offered at Mt. Charleston

Free snowshoe hikes offered at Mt. Charleston

Free snowshoe hikes at Mt. Charleston are being offered through the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMRNA) Education Department until the end of March.

A naturalist will outfit hikers with snowshoes and lead them on a one-hour hike of about a mile on a trail rated easy to moderate. Hikers experience the snow while discovering how the plants and animals survive the cold. Recent participants viewed animal tracks in the snow on the mountain.

"It's pretty active out there," said Jennifer Falkof with SMRNA. "If the naturalist sees something she can show you, she certainly will."

Snowshoes are one size fits all and it is recommended hikers be at least 6 years old.  For safety reasons, no dogs are allowed on hikes.

Participants should wear clothing that protects their heads, hands and feet from snow, cold, and wind. These interpretive walks are provided for individuals, families and groups every Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.

Celebrate Teen Tech Week March 6-12 at the Library!

Celebrate Teen Tech Week March 6-12 at the Library!

Come celebrate Teen Tech Week at the local library, where there are some fantastic free activities highlighting all of the tech toys at the library!

Mario Kart Grand Prix
Show off your racing skills with Mario Kart on the Wii.

Friday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Dr., 507-6114

For more information, click here!