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99 bald eagles recorded at lakes Mead, Mohave

Strong winds delayed completion of a Jan. 6 eagle survey at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, but boat crews from the National Park Service made it out to Lake Mohave last week and spotted eight more bald eagles, bringing this year’s total to 99.

New visitor center focuses on the rarest fish on Earth

Proceeds from federal land auctions paid for the $10 million visitor center that opened Friday at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, but it’s the humble desert pupfish — a group of rare and endangered fish species native to the ancient hot springs 90 miles west of Las Vegas — that keep the place humming.

Trashy Colorado River rafter fined $2,500

An Alaska man has been ordered to pay almost $2,500 for a fine and court cost associated with federal prosecution for dumping refuse into the Colorado River and illegally collecting firewood in violation of his non-commercial private rafting trip permit.