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September 26, 2010
THE BEST WAY TO HOOVER DAM AND BOULDER CITY, NEV. From Los Angeles, take Interstate 10 east to Interstate 15 north toward Las Vegas. Take Interstate 215 east to U.S. 93 south to Boulder City and the dam. Hoover Dam tours, (866) 730-9097, http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/service/index.html . The Bureau of Reclamation has conducted tours through the day since 1937. Visitor Center admission is $8; tours of the power plant and the dam and its passageways vary in price but include Visitor Center admission.
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April 23, 2014
The historic Los Angeles Times Building, located at 1st and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles, opened in 1935 and at the time was the largest building in the western U.S. designed and occupied entirely as a daily newspaper publishing operation.  Gordon B. Kaufmann designed the Times Building, which won a gold medal at the 1937 Paris Exposition for its Moderne architectural style. Kaufmann¿s other works include Hoover Dam on the Arizona- Nevada border and, locally, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and the Athenaeum at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
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NATIONAL
April 10, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- In what authorities are calling the first confirmed suicide at the new Hoover Dam bypass bridge, a 60-year-old San Jose woman leaped to her death from the 900-foot-high span Saturday. Federal police had attempted to convince her to step back from a precipice along the pedestrian walkway, but to no avail. The victim was identified as Patricia Oakley of San Jose, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Rose Davis said Tuesday. Oakley's body was found downstream Sunday by Colorado River kayakers.
NEWS
October 21, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Enterprise Rent-a-Car is now renting Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Las Vegas, providing yet another way to go hog wild in Sin City. The company that promises “we'll pick you up” will, indeed, pick you up in Las Vegas and take you to its location that stocks the Harleys . (It's at 4517 W. Flamingo Road, just off the Strip and about half a mile from Palms Casino Resort ). Rates begin about $150 a day (no mileage is charged) for a selection of bikes that includes Road Kings, Ultra Classics and Softtail Classics, among other touring bikes.
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
HENDERSON, Nev. -- President Obama took a break from his debate preparation to be a tourist on Tuesday, heading to the Hoover Dam in the afternoon for a short tour of the massive monument to public works. Obama's motorcade cruised along the winding roads to the dam for the brief outing. It was the president's first visit, he told a reporter. The president has been hunkered down at a resort in this Las Vegas suburb, getting ready for Wednesday's debate against GOP rival Mitt Romney.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
A new bridge soaring across the Colorado River uniting Arizona and Nevada was formally dedicated Thursday, eliminating a 75-mile detour around Hoover Dam. Named for heroes from different wars, the bridge will be the key part of a faster route between Phoenix and Las Vegas. It is the Western Hemisphere's longest single-span concrete arch bridge and one of the highest in the world, officials said. The 1,900-foot bridge, which is 890 feet above the river, is part of a $240-million four-lane bypass that will shift traffic away from the two-lane U.S. 93 across Hoover Dam. It is about 1,500 feet south of the dam and crosses over Black Canyon.
OPINION
July 5, 2010 | By Michael Hiltzik
The most striking sight greeting visitors to the Colorado River gorge known as Black Canyon used to be the great wedge of alabaster concrete spanning the canyon wall to wall. But in recent years Hoover Dam, that enduring symbol of mankind's ingenuity, has been upstaged by another sight signifying nature's power to resist even the most determined effort to bring it under control: a broad white band stretching along the edge of Lake Mead like a bathtub ring, marking how far the reservoir has fallen below its maximum level.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2009 | Associated Press
A tour bus overturned on a highway near Hoover Dam on Friday, killing seven Chinese nationals and injuring at least 15 others, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. Six fatalities were confirmed at the scene, about 190 miles northwest of Phoenix; a seventh person died at a Las Vegas hospital, said police Cmdr. Dean Nyhart. Nyhart said the bus was traveling north on U.S. 93 when it veered left and then right across the median. It rolled at least once before stopping.
NATIONAL
September 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
A New Hampshire man jumped to his death at Hoover Dam early Tuesday, hours after calling police to say that he had killed his girlfriend at their Las Vegas Strip hotel room, authorities said. Police received a 911 call about 12:15 a.m. in which a man said police could find a woman's body in a room at the Treasure Island hotel and casino, police Capt. Tom Lozich said. Inside the room, hotel security officials discovered a body.
TRAVEL
September 26, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Clayton Sellers'voice echoes off the sheer rock walls that rise from his vantage point along the Colorado River in Black Canyon, just downstream from the base of Hoover Dam. "[The dam] was started in 1931 and completed in 1935, about two years ahead of schedule and under budget," he says as he maneuvers a pontoon raft across the water. Sellers' passengers, mostly tourists staying in nearby Las Vegas, are awed by that fact, and even more so by the massive engineering marvel standing before them.
NEWS
September 16, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Art in the Park, one of southern Nevada's oldest and biggest cultural events, returns Oct. 5 and 6 to Boulder City. Since it began in 1963, Art in the Park has been the primary annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Boulder City Hospital . The event draws about 100,000 people to the town 25 miles east of the Strip, near Hoover Dam. Admission is free. More than 300 artists sell their wares at what has become one of the largest juried art shows in the Southwest. Their works are judged in fine art, fine/contemporary craft and traditional craft categories.  This year's featured artist is Ventura County resident Ora Tamir , who chose oil paint as her medium when she was 12 years old. “I paint by soul, never bending to trends or criticism,” she said in a news release.
OPINION
July 30, 2013 | By William deBuys
John Wesley Powell, whose legendary descent of the Colorado River in 1869 brought the one-armed explorer fame and celebrity, worried about America's westward migration. The defining characteristic of Western lands was their aridity, he wrote, and settlement of the West would have to respect the limits aridity imposed. He was half right. The subsequent story of the West can indeed be read as an unending duel between society's thirst and the dryness of the land, but in downtown Phoenix, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, you'd hardly know it. By the late 20th century, Western Americans had created a miracle in the desert, successfully conjuring abundance from aridity.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Visitors to southern Nevada can immerse themselves in history and enjoy rafting on the Colorado River Exploration Tour , the latest Las Vegas-area offering from Forever Resorts . The full-day adventure first takes guests to Eldorado Canyon, near the village of Nelson, about 40 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. Visitors take a one-hour tour of the Techatticup Mine , where gold was mined for more than 80 years from 1861 until the start of World War II. A coach then takes tourists down a winding road to Nelson's Landing on the Colorado River.
OPINION
November 11, 2012 | By Cynthia Barnett
On an unseasonably hot morning this fall, my 11-year-old son and I set off for Hoover Dam, his first time to tour the American engineering wonder that draws nearly 1 million visitors a year. In recent years, I'd visited the dam and adjacent reservoir, Lake Mead, as a journalist who reports on water. But I hadn't been there as a tourist since my own childhood. I looked forward to hearing how the dam's minder, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, would tell such a big story to such a big audience.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2012 | John M. Glionna
When she moved here in the 1980s, Carri Stevens was baffled. This is Nevada, so where are all the casinos? she wondered. Where were the one-armed bandits that chime their "ding-ding-ding!" cacophony at seemingly every gas station, restaurant, pharmacy and supermarket? She soon discovered that Boulder City is the only major city in the state where gaming is banned. And locals don't miss it one bit. "Tourists can't believe it," said Stevens, who with her husband, Al, runs the Coffee Cup cafe.
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
HENDERSON, Nev. -- President Obama took a break from his debate preparation to be a tourist on Tuesday, heading to the Hoover Dam in the afternoon for a short tour of the massive monument to public works. Obama's motorcade cruised along the winding roads to the dam for the brief outing. It was the president's first visit, he told a reporter. The president has been hunkered down at a resort in this Las Vegas suburb, getting ready for Wednesday's debate against GOP rival Mitt Romney.
TRAVEL
April 20, 1986 | M. L. STEIN, Stein is a Long Beach free-lance writer.
A consolation for tapped-out gamblers in this city of glitter and greed is that with a little gas money or the price of a tour bus they can see mighty Hoover Dam. It's a colossus beside which the MGM Grand and Caesars Palace become dots on the desert. Standing massively astride the Nevada-Arizona line, Hoover and its surrounding attractions, including Lake Mead, are only 45 minutes away from Vegas, but what a difference.
NATIONAL
May 31, 2002 | From Associated Press
Hoover Dam and U.S. Highway 93 were reopened Thursday after vehicular traffic was halted for two hours to let a bomb squad examine an object found in a parking lot. The object, about the size of a coffee can, turned out to be an ammunition box fashioned into a chalk container with a spool of line. It might have been used to mark straight lines on roads or construction sites, officials said.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
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NATIONAL
April 10, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- In what authorities are calling the first confirmed suicide at the new Hoover Dam bypass bridge, a 60-year-old San Jose woman leaped to her death from the 900-foot-high span Saturday. Federal police had attempted to convince her to step back from a precipice along the pedestrian walkway, but to no avail. The victim was identified as Patricia Oakley of San Jose, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Rose Davis said Tuesday. Oakley's body was found downstream Sunday by Colorado River kayakers.
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