Joyce Spencer, 77, and her husband Ralph, 80, have had to stay in the family ice cream store and with relatives since the order was issued, reports Las Vegas TV station KTVN. Although she remembered his walker and scooter as they were leaving, she forgot her husband's pants, Spencer (pictured above) told the station.
The National Park Service says it's not going to force anyone to go pantsless, though. "If anybody needs to gather their personal belongings, we're not going to deny them access," the spokeswoman told the Review-Journal. "They just can't spend the nights there or have barbecues during the day. They need to get in and get out."
The newspaper says that after Hoover Dam was built -- creating Lake Mead -- federal land around it was leased at a low rate to encourage tourism, and that the annual rent for the land has gone from $500 to $2,400.
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