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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.