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Vegas stabbing suspect caught after vehicle crash


Date: 1/31/2015 12:15:00 AM

According to Las Vegas Metro police, Juan Carlos Rivera-Abarca, 31, is accused of a stabbing in the 6300 block of West Lake Mead Boulevard. Officers responded to a call of the stabbing at 12:04 a.m. Citing witnesses and evidence, police said the suspect

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Driest U.S. City Makes Backup Plans

Date: 1/30/2015 11:42:00 PM

The city has taken special precautions to ensure it will continue to have access to water in Lake Mead, from which it gets 90 percent of its supply. The seven-year project had a budget of $817 million. "In early December, about 300 feet below the surface

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Water official: Colorado River shortage likely by 2017

Havasu News

Date: 1/30/2015 10:42:00 PM

There is a 61 percent chance of the U.S. Interior Department declaring a shortage on the lower Colorado River by 2017, a Central Arizona Project official told state lawmakers Thursday. That declaration would trigger a cut in water that in recent years has

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Group Lists Small Business Friendly States - But Does It Tell the Whole Story?

Main Street

Date: 1/30/2015 9:29:00 PM

For those who doubt that the water shortages are a genuine concern, according to an August 2014 National Geographic article, “The Colorado River Basin, which supplies water to 40 million people in seven states, is losing water at dramatic rates

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Water conservation a top concern in the Colorado River Basin


Date: 1/30/2015 2:27:00 PM

Water usage and conservation has been a contentious issue in the western states for well over a century, and with good reason. Population growth has exploded in many cities along the Colorado River Basin, which serves over 40 million people in seven states

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• River: Colorado River
• Surface Area: 164,000 Acres
• Shoreline: 550 Miles
• Volume: 28,537,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 171,700 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 225 Feet
Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States in maximum water capacity. It is located on the Colorado River about 24 mi from the Strip southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona. Formed by the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead is 112 miles long when the lake is full, has 759 miles of shoreline, is 532 feet at greatest depth, with a surface elevation of 1,221.4 feet above sea level, and has 247 square miles of surface, and when filled to capacity, 28 million acre-feet of water. However, the lake has not reached this capacity since 1983 due to increasing droughts.
There are nine main access points to the lake. On the west are three roads from the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Access from the northwest from Interstate 15 is through Valley of Fire State Park and the Moapa River Indian Reservation to the Overton arm of the lake.
The lake is divided into several bodies. The large body closest to the Hoover Dam is Boulder Basin. The narrow channel, which was once known as Boulder Canyon and is now known as The Narrows, connects Boulder Basin to Virgin Basin to the east. The Virgin River and Muddy River empty into the Overton Arm, which is connected to the northern part of the Virgin Basin. The next basin to the east is Temple Basin, and following that is Gregg Basin, which is connected to the Temple Basin by the Virgin Canyon. When the lake levels are high enough, a section of the lake farther upstream from the Gregg Basin is flooded, which includes Grand Wash Bay and the Pearce Ferry Bay and launch ramp. In addition, there are two tiny basins, the Muddy River Inlet and the Virgin River Basin, that are flooded when the lake is high enough where these two rivers flow into the lake. As of now, however, these basins remain dry.
Lake Mead offers many types of recreation to locals and visitors. Boating is the most popular. Additional activities include fishing, water skiing, swimming and sunbathing. There are five marinas on the lake: Forever Resorts at Callville Bay, Echo Bay, and Temple Bar Marina; and Las Vegas Boat Harbor along with Lake Mead Marina in Hemenway Harbor which are family owned and operated. The area also has many coves with rocky cliffs and sandy beaches. There are several small to medium-sized islands in the lake area depending on the water level.
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