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Boulder City Constable is Bad to the Bone

An arsenal of more than 80 firearms, two dozen badges and drug paraphernalia were seized by police and federal agents searching property owned and rented by Boulder City’s (Nevada) chief constable. 

Larry Markotay was arrested on drunken driving charges Feb. 22 and charged with burglary last week. In the latter case, police accused the 42-year-old of stealing guns that belonged to his ex-girlfriend. 

After the second arrest, police officers, along with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms searched Markotay’s home, office and storage units. 

The DEA said it received credible information that Markotay had obtained excessive amounts of prescription drugs. It’s unknown what type of drug paraphernalia was seized during the search.

Authorities did release descriptions of the 85 guns confiscated. Among them were 35 rifles and six shotguns. At least two of the rifles were fully automatic. One of the guns had its serial number “obliterated,” according to police. 

ATF agents got involved in the investigation because, police said, the quantity and type of guns seized “appear to exceed the operational requirements of the Boulder City Township Constable’s office.”  You think? 

The job of chief constable, an elected position in Clark County, permits Markotay to carry a firearm. But records of his gun purchases are either missing or non-existent, police said. 

Also found during the search were badges from various agencies, including a Boulder City police captain’s badge. Authorities did not say how the badges could have been obtained. 

After his initial drunken driving arrest, detectives questioned Markotay’s ex-girlfriend, who said he bought several guns for her during their relationship. 

She also said he gave her a deputy constable badge, although she never took any sort of training or certification course that would be necessary for the position. 

Markotay remains in custody. 

A registered Republican, he is wrapping up his current four-year term as constable and faces re-election in the fall.

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Historic Boulder Dam Hotel & Museum Closes Today

Say sayonora to the 76-year old historic hotel in the heart of Boulder City, Nevada.  Apparently, there hasn’t been enough political momentum to rescue the hotel from its financial woes and keep the museum  and resturant open. BoulderDamHotel

The two-story, white-brick structure, with 20 rooms, restaurant and museum that originally opened in 1933, two years before the Hoover Dam was complete, served as ritzy lodging and a retreat for such famous guests as James Cagney, Bette Davis and Howard Hughes, is now three months behind on its mortgage and last-minute appeals for money from the local government have failed, leaving the property operators no choice but to shut down operations at midnight tonight. 

The closure will leave 22 workers without jobs and two on-site caretakers will need to take up lodging elsewhere. 

The Boulder City Museum, located inside the hotel, will also close.  Once the depository for Boulder City’s memorable past in journals, photographs, tools and supplies related to Hoover Dam’s construction– the Great Depression-era edifice that altered the flow of the Colorado River, brought electricity and reliable irrigation supplies to much of the desert Southwest and put Boulder City on the map. 

Some independent small businesses and offices inside the property, however, will remain open, at least for now. 

The hotel-museum has about $8,000 in monthly mortgage obligations and the occupancy rate has fallen from about 68 percent to 57 percent since the national economy went into a tailspin last year. 

The historical association sought to raise private money before turning, unsuccessfully, to Boulder City’s redevelopment agency earlier this week to ask for about $135,000. The redevelopment agency deadlocked 2-2 on a vote to provide a loan that would carry it through the summer. 

The group is also seeking grants from the federal government, but now that it is 90 days past-due on the mortgage, foreclosure appears imminent. 

“We can’t compare ourselves to a casino that can give away a room for $9 and make money from other things,” said innkeeper Roger Shoaff of the historic property’s niche in the marketplace. 

However, with any luck, the nonprofit association that owns the property hopes to raise $250,000 by September 10 to reopen the property.

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Boulder City Boosts Nevada Tourism Appeal with New Air Terminal

The Boulder City Municipal Airport in Boulder City, Nevada, located about 40 minutes outside from central Las Vegas, has been waiting many years to get a showcase air terminal for their 3,500 customers who fly helicopters and planes daily to the Grand Canyon.  Now their dream is a reality with the opening of the new $9 million Boulder City Aerocenter.  The 30,000-square-foot terminal at the airport is the project of Southern Nevada’s Halvorson family – largest air tour operators in the world – which own Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon/Scenic Airlines and the Canyon Flight Trading Company. 

The terminal has allowed the myriad of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas flight tour operations to consolidate at one location and in so doing reduced some of the mounting air clutter over residential areas and provided more takeoff and landing slots for bigger aircraft at McCarran airport in Las Vegas.

Dramatic 26-foot tall windows face the ramp, runway, and offer a panoramic view of the desert and mountains beyond. 

A large retail store features clothing, accessories, and souvenirs, along with a photo processing center and café. 

On the second floor there are offices and a call center where approximately 350 employees accept travel reservations and conducts tours in 16 languages.

Not bad for a sleepy little Nevada town with no gambling allowed.

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