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Tuscany ready for change after Jim Rhodes' departure
Despite current complaints, HOA residents worried fees might increase after settlement
Monday, Oct. 19, 2009
A September announcement that developer Jim Rhodes will be walking away from the Tuscany development in Henderson is coming as welcome news to residents, who say Rhodes has done a poor job managing the project’s beleaguered homeowners association. In a statement from Rhodes Homes, the company said it has a history of working to provide dedicated management for Tuscany.
Facebook: Find friends from high school or, maybe, religion?
Valley churches partake in social media trends
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009
Log in to Facebook these days, and you can catch up on what a friend on the other side of the country did last night, go shopping, or, if you get bored, stir up some trouble in a mafia game or two. And if the last one leaves you feeling a little guilty, there’s a new Facebook application: church.
Green Valley Christian School gets OK to expand
Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
Green Valley Christian School’s request to expand its junior high and high school operations into a vacant office building across the street from its main campus won the approval of the Henderson Planning Commission on Thursday night.
Judge dismisses suit filed by former Henderson city manager
Mary Kay Peck claimed wrongful termination by the city; appeal could be filed
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009
A U.S. District Court judge this morning dismissed former Henderson city manager Mary Kay Peck’s wrongful termination suit against the city.
Nevada city, county leaders meet in Henderson for summit
Meeting in Henderson focuses on how to respond to changing political and financial landscape
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009
Leaders of cities and counties throughout Nevada gathered in Henderson Wednesday afternoon to discuss how they can respond to Nevada’s changing political and financial landscape.
Henderson HOA to pay up for board member's mistake
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009
A former board member of a homeowners association in Henderson whose landscaping company performed work for the association he represented -- while he sat on the board -- was disciplined last week by the state board that regulates homeowners associations.
Henderson City Council appoints Kirk as mayor pro-tem
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
The City Council unanimously appointed Councilman Steve Kirk as mayor pro-tem. As mayor pro-tem, it will be Kirk’s duty to lead meetings in Mayor Andy Hafen’s absence. Kirk narrowly lost to Hafen in June’s mayoral race, with 49.9 percent of the vote to Hafen’s 50.1 percent.
Henderson gives group home final OK, neighbors miffed
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
The operators of a group home that the city mistakenly licensed earlier this year in a rural Henderson neighborhood won approval from the City Council Tuesday night to continue operation, to the chagrin of neighbors and some Council members alike. The City Council approved a use permit for Sweet Home Belmont, located within the Serene Country Estates rural preservation neighborhood, by a 3-2 vote.
Henderson financial update brings good news and bad
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
The Henderson City Council’s monthly financial update brought good news and bad news Tuesday night. The bad news? Tax revenues have continued to fall more steeply than the city’s most dismal projections.
New dome on Boulder City landmark replaces beloved mosaic one that leaked
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009
For decades the chapel tower of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City was topped by a mosaic tile dome and a 6-foot-tall ornate wrought iron cross. But cracks in the tiles allowed water to leak in and damage the wood underneath so badly that after some high winds last winter, the cross tilted about 20 degrees.
Henderson plans upgrades for aging neighborhood park
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009
Residents of one of Henderson’s oldest neighborhoods got a look Thursday night at the city’s plan to update their park. During the recent year, the city has focused on making improvements to the aging Pittman neighborhood, which is generally located east of Boulder Highway between Sunset and Warm Springs roads.
Babbling brook a highlight at new Henderson preserve
Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
About 30 yards into the city of Henderson’s newest trail system, there’s a sound so subtle and natural that you may hear it for a minute or two before you realize how out-of-place it is. It’s a babbling brook -- a simple piece of nature that would hardly draw a second thought in most places. Against a desert backdrop, however, it takes on an otherworldly quality.
Officer involved in shooting, accused of teen relationship resigns
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009
A Henderson police officer involved in a fatal shooting in 2008 and later accused of having an inappropriate relationship with his minor sister-in-law has resigned from the Henderson Police Department.
Protesters decry GOP stance on health care reform
Democrats organize rally after U.S. Senate Finance Committee vote to omit public option from its bill
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009
Chanting “Republicans lie, Nevadans die,” about 50 people gathered outside the Nevada Republican Party’s Las Vegas headquarters Tuesday afternoon to protest what they called the party’s obstructionist stance on health care reform.
Angered by a U.S. Senate Finance Committee vote earlier in the day to omit a public option from its version of the health care reform bill, protesters rallied outside the headquarters for about 30 minutes.
Green Valley Christian School seeks to expand to nearby building
School had earlier fought charter school's attempt to expand into same building
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009
Less than three months after raising vocal opposition to a charter school’s efforts to move into a vacant office building across the street, Green Valley Christian School is working on a plan to expand its own school into the same building.
Henderson rodeo: ‘A little piece of Mexico, here’
Rodeo provides residents with link to native culture and history
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009
About 90 minutes before the sun set Saturday, a man in a black cowboy hat moseyed to the center of a dusty corral next to a long-shuttered casino along Henderson’s stretch of Boulder Highway. He planted his can of Tecate beer firmly in the sand at his feet, and in rapid, breathless Spanish announced: “Our riders are mounting up for the path that leads either to fame or directly to the hospital.” Most of the bulls failed to live up to the announcer’s dramatic intro. But if anyone in the stands was disappointed, it didn’t show.
Henderson leaders agree on science center -- except where to build
Monday, Sept. 28, 2009
While the Henderson City Council and the advisory board it appointed generally agree on the city’s goal to build a space and science center, a rift is forming over where it should be built.
Metro officer reassigned after probe by Henderson police
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
Metro Police have reassigned an officer after learning she is the subject of a Henderson Police Department criminal investigation, Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said today in a statement.
Faith leaders say health care reform a ‘moral’ issue
Local religious leaders don't back specific proposals for change
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009
Religious leaders representing several faiths in the Las Vegas Valley have banded together to join the call for health care reform. Leaders representing Baptist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian Hispanic congregations on Thursday said they don’t back any specific proposal for reform.
Henderson finds $300,000 to help neighborhood rebuild block walls
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
The city of Henderson has set aside $300,000 for no- and low-interest loans to help residents along a stretch of Whitney Ranch Drive repair deteriorating block walls that the city has labeled a safety hazard.
Police: Student won't be charged in crash near Coronado High
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009
An 18-year-old Coronado High School student remained in critical condition Tuesday night, and a fellow student who drove a van that struck him won't be charged in the accident, police said.
Officials close doors for talk about Lake Las Vegas
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009
The Henderson City Council held a closed-door session Tuesday night for a briefing about the Lake Las Vegas bankruptcy proceedings. The vote was 3-2 for the closed session, with council members Steve Kirk and Kathleen Boutin contending that the public had a right to hear the discussion.
Nationwide tour promoting health care reform ends in Las Vegas
Crowd turns out for rally organized by supporters of Obama's agenda
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009
A nationwide bus tour to drum up support for President Barack Obama’s vision for health care reform wrapped up its trek Thursday night in Las Vegas. About 700 people showed up to cheer on the Organizing for America team and Nevada residents who shared stories of how the current health care system has failed them and called for change.
Council briefed on Lake Las Vegas bankruptcy
In split vote, Henderson City Council decides to meet in closed session for update on proceedings
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009
The Henderson City Council held a controversial closed-door session Tuesday night for a briefing about the Lake Las Vegas bankruptcy proceedings.
Henderson firefighters set to get pay hike under new deal
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009
The Henderson City Council is scheduled to approve a new labor deal tonight with its firefighters’ union, the last of the city’s six collective bargaining units to renegotiate its agreement as part of Henderson’s budget-cutting efforts.
Residents seek help in dealing with falling home values
Elected leaders hopeful that meetings will grow to include more levels of government
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009
A town hall forum put on Monday by local elected officials was a humble beginning for something they hope will become much bigger.
Henderson firefighters remember Sept. 11 with 343-mile bike trip
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009
A trio of Henderson firefighters is on a 343-mile bicycle trek through Southern Nevada and California today -- riding one mile for every New York firefighter who died in the Sept. 11 attacks eight years ago.
Church raising funds for family of teen injured in dirt bike crash
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009
The friends of a Henderson teen recovering from a head injury suffered while riding a dirt bike last month are rallying to raise funds for his care.
Homeland Security taps Vegas firm for response planning
Monday, Sept. 7, 2009
Eight years ago this week, the 9/11 terrorist attacks stunned the nation and exposed gaps in America’s defenses and emergency response procedures.
Henderson girl, 6, to undergo rare eye surgery -- again
Monday, Sept. 7, 2009
Though she might not fully grasp the specifics, 6-year-old Mia Johnson understands that something momentous is about to happen to her. Mia is legally blind in her right eye because of scarring on her cornea and is preparing to undergo a rare juvenile corneal transplant in Las Vegas later this month. It’s rare because it will only be the second operation of its type performed in Las Vegas in the last five years. It’s also rare because it will be a second chance for Mia – who had a corneal transplant at UCLA Medical Center in 2006 that wasn’t successful.
Stimulus money available for doctors to switch to digital records
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009
Improved patient treatment, better security and lower costs — those were just a few of the more tantalizing benefits dangled in front of Las Vegas physicians when a national tour promoting the benefits of switching to electronic health records stopped today at the Renaissance Hotel.
Henderson next to identify what services
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009
Just one month after approving a round of budget cuts intended to carry the city through the recession, plummeting tax revenue is prompting the Henderson City Council to consider more cuts. Consolidated tax revenue — money collected on sales and other taxes that is distributed among local jurisdictions — fell 21.73 percent from June 2008 to June 2009. The share Henderson gets accounts for one-third of the city’s general fund revenue.
Henderson gets $150,000 rebate from NV Energy
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009
The Henderson City Council opened its Tuesday meeting with the presentation of a $150,000 rebate check from NV Energy in recognition of the city's implementation of solar energy panels at the new North Police Substation.
Licensing error forces Henderson to begrudgingly OK group home
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009
A simple mistake made several months ago has apparently bound Henderson to allow a group home in Serene Country Estates to continue operating, over the objection of residents and City Council members alike.
Even though the issuance of a business license to Sweet Home Belmont, a group home for the elderly, in January was a mistake, city attorneys informed the council that since the mistake was the city’s fault and the home’s owners had been allowed to invest so heavily in their business and operate it for several months, they had a legal property right to continue doing so.
Henderson Council OKs settlement in police shooting
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009
The Henderson City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $700,000 settlement with the widower of a woman shot and killed by a Henderson police officer in 2008. The settlement was listed on the Council’s consent agenda, meaning it was approved without discussion.
Henderson considering cuts to municipal services
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009
Just one month after approving a round of budget cuts intended to carry the city through the recession, plummeting tax revenues are prompting the Henderson City Council to consider additional cuts.
Consolidated tax revenue – the money collected on sales and other taxes that is distributed amongst local jurisdictions – fell 21.73 percent from June 2008 to June 2009. The money accounts for one-third of Henderson’s General Fund revenue.
Henderson formalizes contract to house federal prisoners
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009
The Henderson City Council approved a contract with the United States Marshals Service on Tuesday night to house federal prisoners in the city’s detention center, formalizing an agreement between the two sides that has been going on for four years.
Harry Reid: Reform a ‘moral issue’ with financial benefits
At private event, Reid rallies supporters around proposed health care changes
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009
It had a pastor as its emcee and a list of speakers to talk about experiences losing loved ones or life’s savings to what organizers called a broken health care system. Before taking the stage as the keynote speaker at a pro-health care reform rally Monday night at UNLV, Sen. Harry Reid had made his message clear, and he tried to drive it home with the first words out of his mouth. Reid defended proposed health care reform legislation, calling it not only a moral imperative, but also a fiscal one.
Hundreds rally against Harry Reid, proposed health care reform
Las Vegas stop is one of five in Nevada by the conservative activist group
Monday, Aug. 31, 2009
Two busloads of conservative activists rolled into Las Vegas this morning with two things on their mind: halting proposed health care legislation and ousting Nevada Sen. Harry Reid. The Tea Party Express, an outgrowth of the modern-day TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Parties held around the country on April 15, is on a 34-stop tour that spans from coast-to-coast, holding rallies to decry what organizers call out-of-control government spending and to encourage conservative voters to begin organizing for 2010 elections.
Grant to help adults with early memory loss
Monday, Aug. 31, 2009
Southern Nevada adults suffering from early memory loss will soon have a new resource at the recently opened Adult Day Care Center of Henderson. The center, which provides assistance and activities for care-dependent adults, announced last week that it has received a grant from the Brookdale Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving care for the elderly. The grant will fund the establishment of the Early Memory Loss Center at the day care center, which opened in March next to Nevada State College in Henderson.
Nevada State College expands middle school outreach program
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009
Nevada State College’s Project Crossroads, a mentoring program for at-risk middle school students, is expanding this year to help an estimated 180 students at 14 schools in Henderson and surrounding areas.
NV Energy takes fight over Henderson transmission line to court
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009
NV Energy filed a petition in Clark County District Court today, asking a judge to overturn the Henderson City Council’s denial of the company’s request to build a major transmission line in east Henderson.
Boulder City takes $760K plunge into reserve fund
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009
Boulder City is being forced to tighten its belt yet again.
Proposed park to highlight water, energy conservation
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009
Residents of southern Henderson got their first look this week at a unique park concept the city is developing along with the Southern Nevada Water Authority and NV Energy. Mission View Park is a proposed seven-acre facility that wraps around and between an NV Energy substation and a SNWA water reservoir at Annet Street, south of Horizon Ridge Parkway.
Father: Henderson cop had relationship with teen sister-in-law
Luke Morrison, who fatally shot an ice cream truck driver, is on paid leave
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009
A Henderson police officer is being accused of carrying on an inappropriate relationship with his sister-in-law since she was 15, according to court documents filed by the girl’s father.
Henderson Science Center board’s budget approved
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009
The City Council unanimously approved a $234,000, one-year budget for the Space and Science Advisory Board, the City Council-appointed body of volunteers that is trying to build a space and science center in Henderson.
Zappos donates shoes, backpacks to give kids a boost
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009
For almost 200 students who either have cancer or a sibling who does, the prospect of returning to school seemed a little brighter Tuesday morning, thanks to the efforts of employees.
In Henderson, Titus voices support for affordable education
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009
Rep. Dina Titus held a back-to-school party of her own Tuesday afternoon at the College of Southern Nevada’s Henderson campus, where she highlighted congressional efforts to make higher education more affordable.
Henderson officials break ground on $2.6 million library
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009
In the shadow of the industrial plants that spawned Henderson, dignitaries and officials from the Henderson Libraries turned the first shovels of dust and rocks this morning to launch construction of a new downtown library branch. The James I. Gibson branch — named for the former resident and state senator who was instrumental in obtaining funding for the branch’s current building next to Henderson City Hall — is expected to move next April from its current site to the new one on Water Street just north of Lake Mead Parkway.
Attorney: Family satisfied with settlement in police shooting
Attorney says he knew officer was on leave during negotiations in $700,000 settlement
Friday, Aug. 14, 2009
An attorney representing the widower of a woman shot and killed by a Henderson Police officer in 2008 said he knew during negotiations with the city that the officer has been placed on administrative leave for a separate issue.

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