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Events, Closures and Fire Restrictions for Spring Mountains

Events, Closures and Fire Restrictions for Spring Mountains

With the high heat in the Las Vegas valley, many people will be tempted to escape the temperatures by heading into the mountains.

The Forest Service has several alerts it wants to make people aware of, before they go.

This weekend is the service's official kickoff to summer. The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area will host fun activities, outdoor demonstrations and workshops on native plants and animals.

The event will be held Saturday at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Besides the event, there are some closures people should know about. Deer Creek Highway, otherwise known as Highway 159, will be closed to through traffic June 11 and 12 for construction. The road to Hilltop Campground and Deer Creek Picnic Area will be open.

Old Mill, Foxtail, and Kyle Canyon Picnic Areas are currently closed for construction. Also, Mahogany Grove, McWilliams, Kyle Canyon and Dolomite Campgrounds are closed.  

Officials Mark Reopening of Cathedral Rock Area


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Forest officials are marking completion of a 10-month project that expanded and renovated a popular picnic area and trailhead high on Mount Charleston about 30 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Christie Kalkowski said Tuesday the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area has reopened at the end of Kyle Canyon Road.

Kalkowski says the $8 million project installed more than 80 individual and group picnic spots, a water system, toilet facilities and interpretive signs featuring the Civilian Conservation Corps.

She says workers also removed more than 1,000 cords of wood and undergrowth from the piney and scenic mountain site. It is at elevation of about 7,600 feet above sea level.

Mount Charleston is part of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Tree Planting to Mark Arbor Day for Students

Tree Planting to Mark Arbor Day for Students

City of Las Vegas officials will join a third-grade class from Kay Carl Elementary School and their principal Dr. Robert Bennett to plant a Raywood ash tree.

The ceremony will starti at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 20 in Polly Gonzalez Memorial Park in honor of Arbor Day. The park is located next to the school at 5425 Corbett St., at the corner of West El Campo Grande and North Bradley Road.

Laura Eisenberg, a community forester with the Nevada Division of Forestry, will present the city with a Tree City USA flag. This is the 21st year Las Vegas has earned this recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation because of the city’s program to care for trees.

Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk

Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk


The Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies are hosting a wildfire awareness day from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Red Rock National Conservation Area Visitors Center.

People are invited to learn about how to be wildfire prepared. Volunteer fire stations and citizen advisory groups also have scheduled cleanups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Mountain Springs near Highway 160 and mile marker 19, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 on Mount Charleston on June 8.

Wildfire Awareness Week runs through May 11 this year in Nevada, but cleaning up dry debris and brush is encouraged throughout the warmest months to reduce fire-burning fuels.

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Group Launches Park Clean Up Effort

Group Launches Park Clean Up Effort


Volunteers launched an effort to clean up parks in the northwest part of the valley Wednesday.

About 100 Starbucks volunteers gathered at Patriot Community Park, near Alexander Road and Decatur Boulevard, Wednesday to clean up the area.

The effort is sponsored by Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, a coalition of groups devoted to improving southern Nevada's outdoor spaces. It was part of Earth Day observances and a national cleanup campaign.

"We have noticed that when parks and trails are cleaner, people feel like they are a lot safer," said Rae Lathrop Director of Programs, Outside Las Vegas Foundation, which is part of Keep Las Vegas Beautiful. "The less trash, the less glass, the less cigarette butts. It is just a better environment for the community."

Second Phase of Raptor Play Park Opens Saturday

Second Phase of Raptor Play Park Opens Saturday

The grand opening of the second phase of the Raptor Play Park is set for this weekend at Tropical Parkway and Durango Drive.

The opening party will start at 10 a.m. Saturday. Light refreshments will be offered while supplies last.

The park is part of the 10-acre Thunderbird Family Sports Complex. The main feature is a one-quarter scale replica of an F-22 Raptor Stealth Fighter. The fighter was selected because of its use by the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base.

The sports complex is dedicated to the United States Air Force and all the military families in the Las Vegas valley.

Construction on the second phase of the park started in July. The $1.1 million project is now finished and includes landscaping, lighted sidewalks, a picnic shade shelter, benches, tables, and street improvements.

The first phase included a restroom, turf, covered playground area, fitness exercise area and a splash pad water feature.

Event to Celebrate Improvements at Raptor Play Park

Event to Celebrate Improvements at Raptor Play Park


The grand opening of phase two of the Raptor Play Park in the Thunderbird Family Sports Complex will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

The 10-acre sports complex is located at 6105 N. Durango Drive, at the northwest corner of Tropical Parkway and Durango. Some light refreshments will be available.

The F-22 Raptor is the centerpiece of the park, appearing to fly above a monument plaza with contrail-shaped curved steel beams anchored in a concrete base providing support. The Raptor was selected due to its use in the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base. The Thunderbird Family Sports Complex pays tribute to the United States Air Force and all military families in the  valley.