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Cemetery gets new base of operations
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
Teresa Deeter smiles broadly as she ushers visitors into the slightly stuffy, block wall room. She points to tan cabinets in the corner designed for filing microfilm — the new home for her irrigation fittings.
Longtime printer retiring -- for the fourth time
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
Darrell McGarvey always told his daughter Vicki that if she could get rid of the humidity and bugs in Austin, Texas, he'd consider moving there to be closer to her family.

The bug situation hasn't changed, but as McGarvey, 76, has grown older, his arthritic joints seem to like the Texas humidity better than Nevada's desert heat. He is moving to Austin in November, leaving Boulder City behind after 29 years.
Completion of loop trail celebrated
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
More than 30 people took a train ride and a brisk stroll Oct. 17 to celebrate the completion of the portion of the River Mountain Loop Trail connecting Boulder City and Henderson.
Some parents upset over proposed school zone changes
School District also considering plan to allow established students to finish at their schools
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
Parents in a couple of Henderson neighborhoods are bracing for a fight over proposals to rezone their children to different schools next fall.
The Clark County School District’s Attendance Zone Advisory Committee took a first look Tuesday at proposals to adjust attendance zones for the next school year.
Needy caught in lurch as county sorts out grant process
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
Emergency Aid of Boulder City is in a bind familiar to social services agencies across the country: as the need increases, resources become scarce.
Boulder City shows off newly renovated station
Parts of station have a ‘Barney Miller’ feel, others, ultramodern, Chief Finn says
Monday, Oct. 19, 2009
At the Boulder City Police Station, 1005 Arizona St., what was old is new and what was new looks old again. During an open house at the newly renovated station Oct. 14, Police Chief Thomas Finn and Deputy Chief John Chase pointed out the modern amenities inside: bullet-proof glass, offices for sergeants and detectives, a break kitchen and new wiring.
Proposal for pet cemetery near animal shelter quashed
Boulder City moves to locate cemetery near wastewater treatment plant
Monday, Oct. 19, 2009
A proposed pet cemetery in Boulder City is moving forward at a site near the city’s wastewater treatment plant after the City Council turned down a request to move it to city property near the animal shelter.
Boulder City names new member to historic preservation board
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009
Boulder City’s Historic Preservation Committee has a new member — a new resident with expertise in historic preservation.
Bomb squad defuses pipe bomb found under car
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009
A pipe bomb found under a car on Becky Lane in Boulder City was safely defused Saturday by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue’s bomb squad.
Boulder City Council identifies site for another solar power plant
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009
The Boulder City Council has taken a first step toward creating a third solar energy zone near the Boulder City Airport to add to the two existing ones in the Eldorado Valley.
Dina Titus challengers speak to Republican women
Former state Sen. Joe Heck, Boulder City resident Richard Stubbs running in Congressional District 3
Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
Former state Sen. Joe Heck took his new candidacy for Congress for a spin before a friendly audience and against an early opponent. Heck appeared before the Boulder City Republican Women’s Club at Railroad Pass Casino on Thursday with fellow candidate for Congressional District 3 Richard Stubbs. Both are Republicans.
Part-time trail coordinator hired for Bootleg Canyon
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
Eight months after the death of Bootleg Canyon trailmaster Brent Thomson, Boulder City has hired his longtime assistant to act as a part-time trail coordinator focusing on special events at the popular mountain biking course.
Brand-new trail loop proving to be popular
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
The latest portion of the River Mountain Loop Trail, which connects Henderson and Boulder City at Railroad Pass, has not even been dedicated yet, and already it is drawing about 100 users a day, according to a Boulder City official.
Metro, family mourn officer killed in crash
Milburn Beitel III remembered for being superstitious, always professional
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
When Metro Police officer Michael Kinney arrived at a crash scene on Nellis Boulevard just after 9 p.m. Oct. 7, he found officer Milburn “Millie” Beitel, the officer he carpooled to work with every day, behind the wheel of the rolled patrol car, fighting for his life. Kinney knew it was bad and could do nothing but hold Beitel’s hand.
Boulder City looks to distribute electricity rate hike equally
City says across-the-board increase could be as much as 35 percent
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
Members of the Boulder City Council hope to spread the pain of a power rate increase equally and to provide more help for those who will have trouble paying their electric bill after the increase goes into effect next year.
Boulder City pool to reopen after $150,000 renovation
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
Renovation of the Boulder City Municipal Pools is nearly complete, and the main pool, now covered with an air bubble for winter use, is ready to reopen Monday.
Woman whose husband died in crash faces felony DUI charges
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009
Formal felony charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and involuntary manslaughter have been filed against a woman in the Aug. 26 crash that killed her husband on U.S. 93.
Ex-official sent home for rest of DUI stint
Judge rethinks former council member’s sentence
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009
Former Boulder City Councilwoman Karla Burton was at home last week within hours of being sentenced to 25 days in the Clark County Detention Center after appearing in a special DUI Court after she had been drinking.
Boulder City to host forum on alternative routes to U.S. 93
Monday, Oct. 12, 2009
With the opening of the Hoover Dam bypass bridge 13 months away, Boulder City officials are taking another look at a back road to provide access to neighborhoods west of U.S. 93. They hope to get a clear idea of what the residents of those neighborhoods want during a workshop Oct. 21 at City Hall. The public is invited.
Boulder City to upgrade skate park
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009
The skateboard facility at Veterans Memorial Park in Boulder City will get a facelift by Christmas.
Exhibit highlights Boulder City's early history
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009
Ruben Munoz, a fourth grader at Martha P. King Elementary, wouldn’t have minded roughing it in Boulder City in 1931. He enjoyed hauling water and thought it would be fun to live in a tent and play tic-tac-toe with a stick.
Teen slain in Metro shooting remembered as teacher, visionary
Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
Tanner Chamberlain wrote about himself less than a month ago when he wrote a self-eulogy in a Chaparral High School creative writing class. Today his teacher read the same words at Chamberlain’s funeral. Chamberlain died Sept. 29 in an officer-involved shooting outside his apartment on East Vegas Valley Drive. Police said he was fighting with his mother over a knife and had held it to her throat.
Helicopter landing pads being moved at Boulder City Municipal Airport
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
The Boulder City Municipal Airport Advisory Committee voted unanimously Oct. 6 to reconfigure the landing area for tour helicopters that use the airport. The helicopters’ landing site will be moved off of a taxiway.
After nearly four decades, mother, son reunite
Raymond Deschesne saw family resemblance during three-day reunion
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
For decades, Kathie Walker wondered when she would receive a call from her firstborn, the son she had known in her womb for nine months and held in her arms 15 minutes before he became someone else’s child. That day came last month, when Walker received first a letter, then a visit from Raymond Deschesne, 38, whose birthday she had celebrated without him every Dec. 17 since he was born in Newburyport, Mass. “He was always on my mind,” said Walker, who moved from the East Coast to Boulder City in 1984.
New fee stations to open at Lake Mead area
Park Service hopes ranger stations will improve safety at Lake Mohave, Lake Mead
Monday, Oct. 5, 2009
A new fee station is being built on the road to Cottonwood Cove and Six Mile Cove on Lake Mohave. It is one of two new fee stations the National Park Service plans to open by Memorial Day of next year, spokesman Andrew Munoz said. The other one is at Temple Bar on the Arizona side of Lake Mead.
When bypass opens, bighorn sheep could be a big problem
Monday, Oct. 5, 2009
Life is good for the desert bighorn sheep in the River Mountains surrounding Boulder City. Maybe too good — which has prompted concern from Boulder City officials as traffic in the area they roam is set to increase in January with the opening of the new Hoover Dam bypass bridge. Most mornings between May and September, at about 9 a.m., dozens of the 200 or so sheep that live in the rocky hills come to Hemenway Park for a grassy green breakfast.
Family, friends mourn teen killed in crash
Corey Knight remembered as a hero who lived life to the fullest
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009
Corey Knight was described Saturday afternoon as a kind, gentle soul who was full of laughter and mischief. The 16-year-old, killed Sept. 25 in a car crash, was remembered during a two-hour service at Green Valley Christian Center.
New dome on Boulder City landmark replaces beloved mosaic one that leaked
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009
For decades the chapel tower of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City was topped by a mosaic tile dome and a 6-foot-tall ornate wrought iron cross. But cracks in the tiles allowed water to leak in and damage the wood underneath so badly that after some high winds last winter, the cross tilted about 20 degrees.
Ex-council member sentenced to 25 days in jail released within hours
Judge reconsiders sentence, places Karla Burton on house arrest
Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Former Boulder City Councilwoman Karla Burton was at home within hours of being sentenced on Tuesday to 25 days in the Clark County Detention Center after appearing drunk in a special DUI Court.
Autistic teen represents class at Boulder City homecoming
Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Thursday was a big day for Jordan Honey. The Boulder City High School freshman took the soccer field during a game for the first time since making the junior varsity team.
Warrant issued for ballplayer Shawn Chacon over gambling markers
Onetime All-Star accused of failing to pay Caesars Palace $150,000
Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
Authorities now have an arrest warrant for former major league pitcher Shawn Chacon as a result of his alleged failure to pay Caesars Palace $150,000 in gambling markers.
Elementary school students get lesson in fire safety
Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
In case of fire, scream, Grace Christian Academy students were told Thursday. Well, it was a little more complicated than that. Boulder City firefighter/paramedic Bill Wilson instructed 14 Grace Christian first and second graders taking a tour of the fire station on what to do if they cannot escape a fire.
Tricked-out truck helping Boulder City detectives
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009
Before this fall, if a dead body was found in the desert, it would take a caravan of Boulder City police vehicles to haul the needed equipment to the scene to gather evidence. Now detective Mark Dubois can carry all of the equipment he needs and four extra officers across the sensitive desert landscape in one trip.
Artist bringing hope to hospital
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009
Tough times call for beautiful art, Debbie Marie Arambula says.

That's not a surprising viewpoint from an artist, perhaps, but it comes at an appropriate time for Boulder City Hospital, which has had a difficult year. Arambula will be the featured artist for the annual Art in the Park Oct. 3 and 4, the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit hospital.
Ex-councilwoman in court for DUI fails blood alcohol test
Karla Burton was making court appearance tied to 2007 arrest
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009
Former Boulder City Councilwoman Karla Burton, who was arrested on driving under the influence charges in 2007, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center today after she failed a blood alcohol test in Justice Court. Burton tested 0.115 on a blood alcohol test before Justice of the Peace Nancy Oesterle, who ordered her to serve 25 days in the county jail before appearing again Oct. 27. She pleaded guilty Sept. 16 to driving under the influence before Justice of the Peace William Jansen and made her first appearance today before Oesterle for DUI Specialty Court.
Homecoming week brings wave of excitement to Boulder City High
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009
Boulder City High School students expect some fierce competition Friday when the football and volleyball teams meet homecoming rival Faith Lutheran.
St. Jude's Ranch replaces landmark damaged by weather
Steel 'beacon' expected to last decades atop home for abused children
Monday, Sept. 28, 2009
A new dome took its place atop the chapel tower at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City on Monday. Its placement returned the wrought iron cross that was taken down months ago to its former spot. The 1,200-pound, red dome replaces a mosaic tile one that sat atop the tower for decades holding the ornate cross. Cracks in the tiles allowed water to leak in and damage the wood underneath so badly that after some high winds last winter, the cross tilted about 20 degrees.
After repairs, Boulder City plans Oct. 19 pool reopening
Monday, Sept. 28, 2009
The Boulder City municipal pool is tentatively scheduled to reopen Oct. 19 after almost two months of renovation.
Friends gather to mourn Del Sol High School student killed in crash
Corey Knight, 16, remembered as talented musician and 'a great kid'
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009
A Del Sol High School student was killed and two of his friends were injured when his SUV struck a block wall on a semi-rural street off Russell Road near Annie Oakley Drive, Metro Police said. Corey Knight, 16, was driving his white Toyota SUV on Gateway Road near Rawhide Street just after 2 p.m. when he lost control on a pockmarked gravel portion on the wrong side of the road.
Boulder City Council debates paying consultant for strategic plan
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009
Boulder City is gearing up to re-examine its strategic plan, but the City Council isn’t sure whether it wants the help of outside consultants. The council on Sept. 22 heard about the process the city’s staff plans to follow in updating the plan, which was written in 2000.
Boulder City planner stresses accuracy for town’s historic district
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009
History hasn’t always been kind to Boulder City’s historic district. Specifically, the ’70s weren’t kind to its historic downtown. When Boulder City was built in 1931, city planner Saco DeBoer set out design standards for commercial buildings — a vaguely southwestern style DeBoer called Modernistic Pueblo Revival. They were enforced as long as Sims Ely ran the town for the federal government.
Money magazine: Boulder City among top places to retire
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
Councilwoman Linda Strickland was not surprised to see Boulder City named among the 25 Best Places to Retire by Money magazine. She understands the appeal of the quiet town of about 16,000 situated between Lake Mead and Las Vegas.
Councilman has license to practice law suspended
Chandler failed to pay $700 bar association dues
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009
The Nevada Bar Association recently suspended Boulder City Councilman Travis Chandler’s license to practice law, and Chandler faces an unrelated disciplinary hearing regarding a complaint by one of his former clients.
Diocese putting retreat center up for sale
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009
Every now and then, if the doors to the Life-Giving Springs Retreat Center are left unlocked, Karen Short might find a person sitting in the small chapel in the center’s private wing. They’re not there to worship in the Orthodox Church chapel. They’re on a more personal journey — visiting the maternity ward of the original Boulder City Hospital.
Busted pipe spares evidence at Boulder City Police Station
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009
A pipe that burst during renovation of the Boulder City Police Station flooded the evidence room but did not damage any evidence, police say.
AP Scholars honored by College Board
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
Boulder City High School can brag about AP Scholars for what school officials believe might be the first time.
Council member faces Bar Association disciplinary hearing
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
Councilman Travis Chandler, an attorney by trade, has been suspended from the Nevada Bar Association for failure to pay his dues and faces an unrelated disciplinary hearing from a former client. The suspension was effective Aug. 20 for Chandler’s failure to pay his 2009 bar association dues of $700, according to bar association spokesman Phil Patee.
Boulder City holds off on water rate hike
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
The Boulder City Council held off raising water rates for the second time in a year, opting instead to stretch out its payments on the third intake into Lake Mead, put off some other projects and hope that the economy improves. The council last fall raised water rates by 10 percent across the board and sewer rates by $9.65 to $14.65 a month per household, depending on use, beginning Oct. 1. That was expected to raise $550,000 by June 30, but brought in only $420,000, City Manager Vicki Mayes told the council.
Searchlight's new justice of the peace begins work
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009
Searchlight Town Advisory Board Chairman Stan Colton is taking on a new role. He was robed Sept. 21 as the new justice of the peace for the town of 750.
Officers put newest police dog on the trail of drugs
Dog’s life is lots of work and little play, but K-9 unit sees benefits
Monday, Sept. 21, 2009
In December 2007, Boulder City Police officer Alan Nutzman made the traffic stop of his young career. Responding to a call about a suspicious car that had just been at the AutoZone on U.S. 93, he pulled the vehicle over a few miles later on U.S. 95.

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