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Your Chance to Run the Tour Operation at Lake Mead

Your Chance to Run the Tour Operation at Lake Mead

 

Anyone interested in becoming a tour operator at Lake Mead can apply for the 10-year contract that begins in October.

The National Park Service is soliciting for proposals to operate sightseeing boat tours and other related services at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The current Lake Mead Cruises concession contract, which expires Sept. 30, includes operation of the Desert Princess paddlewheel tour boat and the Lake Mead Cruises landing at Hemenway Harbor. The new concessioner will provide sightseeing tours and related services in the Boulder Basin/Hoover Dam area of Lake Mead.

Autumn on Display at The Bellagio

Autumn on Display at The Bellagio

 

The seasons are changing in the Las Vegas Valley as is the display at the Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

The conservatory is showing off fall colors with a display featuring autumn colors and flowers. This year the garden has added a grass meadow that is home to three horse sculptures covered with 31,000 plants.

There is also 20-foot cornucopia made of willow branches. It is overflowing with pumpkins, gourds and fruit. A 15-foot scarecrow stands near a flowering pumpkin made from 2,000 orange carnations. Besides those two elements, the display includes apple trees, a cider mill and corn shapes made out of native corn.

The new fall display will be there through November 27.

Construction Starts on Sunset Park

Construction has started on improvements to Sunset Park.

Crews shut down access roads Tuesday in preparation for the overhaul project. The first phase of the construction will go through September 15. Access to park’s northern-most entrance on Eastern Avenue will be restricted. Other entrances will be open.

Crews are working on improving 75 acres of the 325 acre park. They’ll be adding new lighting along the lake’s edge. They’ll also be improving fishing and wildlife viewing amenities. New trees, turf and shrubs will be added along with new playground equipment and shaded areas.

Most of the park will be open during the project but access roads and some amenities will have to be closed to allow for work.

The $11.7 million project is being funded by the sale of federal lands.  

Improvements Coming to Sunset Park

Improvements Coming to Sunset Park

The Clark County commission approved big changes to Sunset Park. 

Crews are set to start construction by mid-summer on 75 of the 375 acres of the park at Sunset Road and Eastern Avenue. The commission awarded the $11.7 million contract to Hardy Construction on Tuesday.

Improvements include a walking loop with exercise stations that will go around the entire lake. The lake will also get new lighting, a pedestrian plaza, a remodeled dock, a new playground and improved picnic areas.

“This is one of Las Vegas’ most popular and heavily used regional parks and this particular face lift is a long time in coming,” said Commission Vice Chair Steve Sisolak, who represents the area where the park is located. “I think our residents are going to be very pleased when the work is complete.”

Eastside Cannery "Lights It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness

The iconic Eastside Cannery building will attract even more attention on April 1st and 2nd, especially during the nighttime hours.  That's because the structure will be illuminated in blue. "Light It Up Blue" is a nationwide effort to encourage businesses and residences to light up their structures in blue light in recognition of those families affected by autism.  The Eastside Cannery, on Boulder Highway is able to change the colors displayed on the building quite easily.  There are roughly 16,000 LED lights on the exterior of the building which can be programmed to change colors or illuminate one particular shade of color.  The blue lights will be visual Friday, April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, which is World Autism Awareness Day.  Every 1 in 110 children is affected by the autism disorder.  More information on Light It Up Blue can be found at www.lightitupblue.org and www.autismspeaks.org.