ONE MILE SOUTH OF WILLOW BEACH
Body of drowning victim found along Colorado River
The body of a Henderson man presumed to have drowned in the Colorado River last month was discovered by anglers Friday morning, National Park Service officials said.
Remon Shaker’s body was found one mile south of Willow Beach on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, about 12 miles south of where Shaker was last seen. Park service investigators identified his body at the scene.
Shaker, 18, was swimming June 21 with two friends when they decided the current was too strong and began to swim to shore. River currents in the area average between 3 and 6 mph.
His friends witnessed Shaker struggling in the water before disappearing below the surface, officials said.
The friends hiked two miles from the riverbank to get cell phone reception, at which time they called for help.
Park service officials said the search for Shaker has been ongoing since last week and included searchers from the park service, Las Vegas police Search and Rescue, Hoover Dam police and the Air Force 58th Rescue Squadron from Nellis Air Force Base. The search was scaled back this week to daily patrols.
The body was turned over to the Mohave County, Ariz., medical examiner.
LAKES MEAD AND MOHAVE INCLUDED
Crackdown begins on drunken boaters on Nevada lakes
Nevada authorities are cracking down on drunken boaters as the summer recreation season swings into full gear.
Three boaters were arrested on suspicion of operating under the influence last weekend at lakes across the state as part of the multi-agency effort, said David Pfiffner, the Nevada Department of Wildlife’s boating law administrator.
A total of 125 boating safety citations were issued last weekend at lakes Mead and Mohave in Southern Nevada and at Lahontan and South Fork reservoirs in Northern Nevada, he said.
Plans call for authorities to conduct similar operations at lakes across the state this summer.
"Getting drunken boaters off the water is one of our top boating safety priorities," Pfiffner said.
Most of the state’s seven boating fatalities last year were alcohol-related, and boating under the influence carries the same penalties as drunken driving, he added. No fatalities have been reported so far this year.
The state’s biggest lakes were targeted during the initial phase of the crackdown dubbed "Operation Dry Water." The focus will include Lake Tahoe in the future.
Game wardens carry portable breath-testing devices when they conduct checkpoints, and roughly one-third of all boaters admit to drinking alcohol throughout the day, Pfiffner said.
NEVADA SECRETARY OF STATE FIGURES
Voter registration totals climb since primary last month
The number of active, registered voters increased 1.2 percent in Nevada to 1,077,370 from May 18 to June 30, a period that included hotly contested primary campaigns for nominations for governor and U.S. Senate. Republican registration was twice the rate of Democrats.
The new numbers from Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller showed Republican registration increased 1.65 percent, or 6,493 registrations, to 398,898.
Democratic registration increased 0.8 percent, or 3,722 registrations, to 456,672. The Independent American Party added 739 voters to bring its total to 45,931. And nonpartisan registration was up 1 percent to 163,816.