October 29, 1995 |
The cycle of extreme floods and droughts during the past dozen years illustrates how fragile is our hold on the water that sustains the West. It seems like ancient history now, but it was only a few years ago that drought busters roamed L.A. streets and issued citations for wasting water; California, Nevada and Arizona were denied Colorado River water for the first time; Lake Powell recorded its lowest levels from 1987 to 1992.
September 22, 1985 |
Hoover Dam or Boulder Dam, which is it? It may no longer be the tallest or most massive dam in the world, but it is probably the only one with two commonly used names and historians blame petty politics for the confusion. The problem started in 1930 when then-Secretary of the Interior Ray Lyman Wilbur officially designated it Hoover Dam in honor of President Herbert Hoover, a Republican and prominent figure in the dam's planning stages.
August 20, 2004
Re "The Chasm Between Grand and Great," Commentary, Aug. 17: So Shawn Macomber would rather look at "more than 6 million tons of concrete restraining the Colorado River" than view the grandeur of the Grand Canyon? I suspect too that he would rather watch a reality TV program than a historical documentary or listen to a rapper than a church choir. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Unfortunately, more and more "beholders" have discarded the beauties of nature and the arts and have satisfied their "artistic" needs with the more mundane.
September 16, 2013 |
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.
August 23, 2004
Re: "Wasting Energy on Words," editorial, Aug. 16: There are several good reasons the Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 2 to 1 in favor of including all hydroelectric facilities as part of the city's Renewable Portfolio Standard. Counting Hoover Dam and the 15 hydroelectric facilities located along the aqueduct will save Department of Water and Power ratepayers $157 million through 2017. RPS legislation permits utilities to count hydroelectric facilities as part of their eligible renewables provided they are less than 30 megawatts in size.
October 21, 2013 |
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.
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September 23, 1985
Imagine Franklin D. Roosevelt being at a loss for words about anything. But that was his reaction to the awesome expanse of Hoover Dam 50 years ago this coming weekend when an aide asked, "What do you think of it?" The President gazed at the impounded waters of Lake Mead on one side and the 726-foot face of the dam on the other, curving down to the newly controlled Colorado River. He said, "I'm speechless." Roosevelt was Roosevelt, however. A few minutes later on Sept.
July 3, 2002 |
The next time you flush the toilet, flip a light switch or take a spin in your SUV, you might just give a silent note of thanks to the beautiful minds and iron-clad resolve of the people responsible for making it all possible across this great land of ours. OK, now back to reality.