Parade to celebrate kidnap victim’s return

A “pink ribbon” parade is planned Sunday in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., to celebrate the return of Jaycee Lee Dugard 18 years after she was kidnapped at the age of 11.

The 11 a.m. parade will reverse the route walked on the 10th anniversary of Dugard’s disappearance, South Lake Tahoe City Councilwoman Kathy Lovell said Wednesday.

Participants are asked to wear pink, because that was Dugard’s favorite color. Classmates at Meyers Elementary School started a pink ribbon campaign when she was abducted to show their hope for her safe return.

Phillip Garrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy Garrido, 54, were charged with 29 counts connected to the kidnapping, rape and imprisonment of Dugard, snatched outside her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991. They pleaded not guilty.


Council establishes improvement district

Las Vegas officials on Wednesday enacted a special taxing district that will pay for improvements to a block of land downtown, if it is ever developed.

Las Vegas City Council members created a tourism improvement district for the area bounded by Stewart Avenue, Fourth Street, U.S. Highway 95 and Casino Center Boulevard.

The land is publicly owned and generates no tax revenue.

Plans call for CIM Group, which has promised to renovate the Lady Luck casino, to gain access to the property after investing in the casino.

It would be home to commercial development that is expected to generate $26 million in tax revenue a year, according to a city analysis.

From that, $3.1 million would be diverted to the special tax district to pay for planned improvements, such as sidewalks and landscaping, a public plaza and a parking garage.


Drowned men may be brothers from Mexico

Two swimmers drowned Tuesday at Lake Mohave, and officials with the National Park Service believe they were brothers from Mexico.

Emergency responders received reports of a man floating near Six Mile Cove around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. The body of a second man was found two hours later.

The men were last seen swimming from the shore near Six Mile Cove.

Rangers located them but did not release their names. One victim was 33 years old. The other was 29. They weren’t wearing life jackets.

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