Latest Colorado River News

Biden picks career water policy adviser to lead water agency

Jun. 18, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Camille Touton, a veteran congressional water policy adviser, has been nominated to lead the agency that oversees water and power in the U.S. West. President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Touton to be the next commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of...

Las Vegas pushes land swap to balance growth, conservation

Jun. 18, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Record-breaking heat and historic drought in the U.S. West are doing little to discourage cities from planning to welcome millions of new residents in the decades ahead. From Phoenix to Boise, officials are preparing for a future both with more...

Arizona history-June 20-26

Jun. 16, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

Sunday, June 20 On this date in 1906, the Arizona Daily Star reported that a poultice of equal parts gunpowder and mustard mixed in to a paste with the white of an egg would cure rabies if applied to the bite wound. On this date in 1910, the Phoenix...

Colorado man dies after falling into river at Grand Canyon

Jun. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A Colorado man has died after falling into the Colorado River while boating in Grand Canyon National Park, authorities said Tuesday. Park officials said they received an emergency alert from a noncommercial river trip near the...

Key reservoir on Colorado River hits record low amid drought

Jun. 10, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A key reservoir on the Colorado River has dipped to its record low in the latest showing of the drought's grip on the region. The surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Nevada-Arizona border dipped to 1,071.56 feet (326.6 meters) at 11 p.m. on...

Arizona history-June 13-19

Jun. 09, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

Sunday, June 13 On this date in 1862, Sylvester Mowry’s silver mine at Patagonia was confiscated and Mowry was arrested on charges of being a Confederate sympathizer. On this date in 1901, the first commencement exercises were held at Northern...

Drought-stricken Nevada enacts ban on 'non-functional' grass

Jun. 07, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — In Sin City, one thing that will soon become unforgivable is useless grass. A new Nevada law will outlaw about 31% of the grass in the Las Vegas area in an effort to conserve water amid a drought that's drying up the region's primary water...

Lake Havasu to refurbish underside lighting of London Bridge

Jun. 05, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — The historic street lamps atop London Bridge will remain but Lake Havasu City plans a lighting refurbishment to replace the bulbs and wiring in 700 lights under the sidewalks along both sides of the bridge. And new software will provide versatility to use...

Lawmakers focus on justice reform, guns as session wanes

May. 22, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers passed hundreds of bills this week to reform the criminal justice system, boost funding for K-12 schools and ban “ghost guns." They're expected to work long days until May 31, when the four-month legislative session is...

Moth-like insects becoming nuisance in riverside communities

May. 21, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Officials in two cities along the Arizona-Nevada border say small, moth-like insects that thrive along the river are becoming a nuisance. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is planning a series of water reductions from a dam on the Colorado...