Regional Briefly Sept. 29

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(AP) - Boat inspections at Lake Tahoe will move from off-site locations back to launch ramps when the winter boating season begins Oct. 1.

The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said beginning Saturday, the boat ramp at Sand Harbor will be open Thursday through Monday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cave Rock will be open from daily from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The winter hours will remain in effect until March 31, 2012.

Boat inspections at Tahoe are mandatory to try to prevent invasive species, especially quagga and zebra mussels, from becoming established in the clear, Sierra lake.

Biologists say the mussels attach to boats used in other infested waters and could spread to Lake Tahoe if precautions aren't taken.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal officials say 61 arrests were made in Nevada as part of a nationwide campaign to catch people who illegally reenter the country after they've been deported.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday the operation to identify and arrest previously identified deportees was part of a seven-day enforcement effort last week that netted 2,900 convicted people in the 50 states and four U.S. territories.

Officials say 45 people were arrested in the Las Vegas area, including a 44-year-old Mexican man who had been deported following a conviction for smuggling drugs and a 32-year-old Mexican man convicted of attempted lewdness with a child.

Sixteen people were arrested in the Reno area.

Officials say the sweep was the largest of its kind and involved more than 1,900 immigration officers.

RENO(AP) - Reno police say department officers investigated 43 accidents, including one fatal, during the five day Street Vibrations motorcycle event that wrapped up Sunday.

Officers also issued 201 traffic tickets and 100 warnings.

Additionally, 18 people were arrested for drunken driving, 15 were taken into civil protective custody and 10 were arrested on other misdemeanor charges.

The city of Sparks canceled the rest of its Street Vibrations events after a Friday night shooting inside John Ascuaga's Nugget left one Hells Angel member dead and two members of the rival Vagos motorcycle club wounded. A third was hurt in a drive-by shooting hours later.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Elton John is making his return to Las Vegas for a three-year headlining gig at Caesars Palace.

The five-time Grammy winner was scheduled to perform Wednesday night for the first of 16 shows scheduled through October to start the run.

The show is titled "The Million Dollar Piano." John says it's named for the instrument he'll play during the show - a piano that took manufacturer Yamaha four years to build.

His return comes more than two years after a five-year stint that ended in 2009. That run was originally planned for three years, but was extended because of demand.

John is one of music's most decorated stars. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.


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