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Judge Challenged in Nevada City Attorney DUI Case

LAS VEGAS -- The lawyer for a southern Nevada city attorney facing a misdemeanor drunken driving charge is challenging the appointment of a rural township judge to hear the case.

Henderson City Attorney Elizabeth Quillin's lawyer, William Terry, filed documents Tuesday and Wednesday in Clark County District Court alleging that Henderson Municipal Court judges didn't follow proper procedures naming Moapa Valley Township Justice of the Peace D. Lanny Waite to the case.

Terry says Waite wasn't drawn from an approved list. Quillin has pleaded not guilty to DUI, leaving the scene of a crash and having open container of alcohol in the May 23 crash. A prosecutor says her blood-alcohol content was more than three times the .08 percent limit for Nevada drivers. She's on paid leave from her job.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Las Vegas Valley Welcomes First Distillery

Las Vegas Valley Welcomes First Distillery

Ribbon will be cut Friday for Nevada's first distillery. The Las Vegas Distillery opens its doors at 11:30 a.m. The distillery is in Henderson near Warm Springs Road and U.S. 95 close to the Galleria Mall.

Visitors will get a chance to tour the facility and see how spirits are made. They'll also get a look at the copper pots, dubbed the Las Vegas Copper Angels, being used to make the state's first bourbon. Everybody at the ribbon cutting will be able to bottle Nevada Vodka made with wheat grown at Winnemucca Farms. They'll also be among the first 111 Vegas Whiskey Founders.

"First, everybody thought this is a brewery. No, this is a distillery. We'd like to manufacture the first whiskeys and bourbons, vodka and gin," said distillery owner George Racz.

Already, bottles of the first vodka stand ready to head to local distributors. The Henderson Chamber of Commerce is holding up Las Vegas Distillery as the city's best example of small business entrepreneurship.

Chamber Looking for New Executive Director

After more than 14 years the Henderson Chamber of Commerce is looking for someone new to head up the organization.

The new director would replace Alice Martz. Martz retired at the end of June. The chamber has been representing the needs of member businesses in Henderson for 24 years. Martz was instrumental in starting several programs including Leadership Henderson and the Henderson Business Resource Center. She also helped negotiate the donation of the building the chamber currently uses for its headquarters. 

The new executive director will need strong ties to the community and a clear understanding of the organization's mission. If you are interested contact the chamber at 702-565-8951 or visit  hendersonchamber.com.



Non-Profit Looks to Help Kids in Need

HopeLink of Southern Nevada is looking for help to make sure low-income kids have what they need for the up-coming school year.

The non-profit based in Henderson is looking for donations for the annual Back 2 School celebration. During  the celebration children will get clothing, shoes, and school supplies to go back to school but the charity needs the community's help to bring in those items. 

From now until August 5 you can drop off new items for the drive at the Old Navy store in Town Square. You can also "adopt" a student through HopeLink then buy them a back to school outfit, shoes and supplies.

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Dates Announced for Shakespeare in the Park

Dates Announced for Shakespeare in the Park

Describing appetite for the program as “voracious,” Henderson officials and local theatre representatives welcome the Shakespeare in the Park program for its 25th anniversary season.

The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company (LVSC) will present four public performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at four different parks on Saturday evenings in October. Admission is free.

“There is a voracious appetite for Shakespeare in Henderson,” said Dan Decker, Artistic Director for the LVSC. “The performances in the parks are extremely popular. We have a great time doing these shows because the audiences are so huge and responsive."

Series dates are as follows:

Expanded 4G Coverage for Local Verizon Customers

Expanded 4G Coverage for Local Verizon Customers


Verizon Wireless will roll out Thursday expanded coverage areas for its 4G network.

The expanded network coverage launches on July 21 and will be available to customers in North Las Vegas, Henderson and southwest Las Vegas. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network initially launched Dec. 5, 2010 in metro Las Vegas inside the boundaries of the Interstate 215 loop.

In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. 

The company is building out its 4G LTE network, and is on course to deliver 4G LTE to its entire 3G wireless footprint by the end of 2013.  

When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, the devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. 

Meeting Planned to Discuss Wash Issue

The City of Henderson is holding a meeting Wednesday night to discuss the controversial Pittman Wash plans.

The city wants to line the wash with concrete between Arroyo Grande Boulevard and Union Pacific Railroad trestle. Environmentalists and Henderson residents say that plan would hurt the ecosystem and wetlands in the area. Mayor Andy Hafen called the meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday on the Pittman Wash Trail at the neighborhood access at 262 Helmsdale Drive. The main non-profit environmental group opposed to the project, Project GREEN, will give a presentation at the meeting.

The $4.5 million project would be funded by the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.