LAS VEGAS (AP) - Organizers say they've stepped up trash collection for the Laughlin River Regatta tubing event after it was canceled last year after 31,000 people in 2016 left piles of garbage in and around the river.
The Las Vegas Sun reports city documents show Marnell Gaming, which owns Colorado Bell and Edgewater in Laughlin, paid $100,000 for rights to the tubing event's trademarks, social media accounts, website, logos and use of the land from Bullhead City, Arizona.
The new organizers employed more than four times as many trash-collecting resources than previous events, including staffers with nets and garbage bags to collect trash during the race and a slew of additional divers who will scour the river after the event for any remaining waste.
The event runs all day Saturday along a 13-mile (21-kilometer) stretch of the Colorado River.
Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com