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Henderson Ready for WinterFest Weekend

Henderson Ready for WinterFest Weekend

The annual WinterFest in Henderson starts this weekend. The holiday festival will feature several different activities for all ages.

The old-fashioned Christmas celebration is taking place at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, concerts and carousel rides. There will also be a craft bazaar, gingerbread house display and a festival of trees. Plus, a holiday festival would not be complete without a visit from Santa Claus. He will be there on both nights. The event is free. The WinterFest will end with the first ever Evening Light Parade Saturday.

The schedule of events for the weekend:

Friday, December 9

  • Official tree lighting at 6 p.m.
  • Henderson Symphony  Orchestra at 7 p.m.
  • Carriage rides, visit from Santa, pony rides and more from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 10

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Regents Vote to Hike Tuition

LAS VEGAS -- The Board of Regents voted Friday to increase university and college tuition and fees by 8 percent for the next school year.

The decision came after a roller coaster meeting that included a series of votes that even the regents admitted left them confused. At one point, students and faculty were hopeful. Regents voted down a 5 percent hike. Only minutes later, the regents voted to raise tuition and fees by 8 percent.

"It became clear later in the meeting that a fee increase of some sort was going to happen. There seemed to be a will on the board that it happened quickly. Partly, so students could prepare and budget for September, but also, so faculty could perhaps hire [staff]," said University Regent James Dean Leavitt, who voted yes.

Students had hoped for more time to weigh in on the level of tuition and fee increases. Now, they will have to settle for input on how their money will be spent.

There Goes Santa, Dropping His Candy Canes Again

There Goes Santa, Dropping His Candy Canes Again


That clumsy Santa: he’s always dropping his candy canes all over the place.

This time, he did it while swimming in the City of Henderson’s pools. Children ages 4-12 are invited to take part in the Candy Cane Hunt events to find them.

Events take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Heritage Park Aquatic Complex, 310 S. Racetrack Rd., and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Whitney Ranch Indoor Pool, 1575 C Galleria Dr. Admission at the door is $1 per child per event.

The swimmer who finds the most candy canes wins a prize. Since the candy canes will be submerged, participating children must know how to swim. Parents must accompany children ages 8 and under in the water and within arm’s reach at all times.

For additional information, call 267-4000 or visit cityofhenderson.com/parks.

Party for Troops at Fiesta Henderson

Party for Troops at Fiesta Henderson


A party for locals involved in the Afghanistan conflict will take place this weekend in Henderson.

Fiesta Henderson, 777 W. Lake Mead Blvd., will host hundreds of Army Reservists on Saturday in the hotel’s Cancun Rooms. Many of the approximately 400 troops, who are either returning from or heading to Afghanistan, will gather in meeting space donated by the property. Local lawmakers and entertainers are expected to be on hand with well-wishes.

The event runs from 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

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Josh Reid Appointed Henderson City Attorney

HENDERSON, Nev. - Before making their decision Tuesday night regarding who would become the next city attorney, Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen and members of the Henderson City Council spent nearly an hour defending it.

After a unanimous vote with one abstention, the council appointed U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's son Josh Reid as the new city attorney. Josh Reid ultimately topped the list of eight candidates the council considered - including current interim city attorney Christine Guerci-Nyhus.

"Obviously, it came out that people had talked with Senator Reid and made some telephone calls," Mayor Hafen said. "I'm convinced that there are a lot of people out there that don't have a very good opinion of Senator Reid."

Henderson Citizens' Academy Taking Applications

Henderson Citizens' Academy Taking Applications


Henderson Police are looking for a few good applicants for their Citizens’ Academy.

The 13-week course is held every Tuesday evening starting January 10. The goal of the academy is to build better understanding between police and citizens. The academy is a condensed version of the actual police academy. Participants are given lessons in radios and communication, community policing, use of force, gang enforcement, crime scene investigation, domestic violence and criminal justice.

Councilwoman Plans to Step Down

Councilwoman Plans to Step Down


HENDERSON (AP) -- A Henderson City Council member says she'll step down from her elected position Jan. 1 to spend more time with her children and her job directing a charity for homeless teenagers.

Kathleen Vermillion on Monday cited her 19-year-old son's inpatient treatment at a San Diego drug and alcohol treatment center following his recent misdemeanor drunken driving charge in Henderson.

Vermillion blamed her son's troubles partly on her council and charity job schedule, and said she wants to be home more for her 15-year-old daughter and three foster children.

Vermillion is a single mother and founder of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

She was elected to the five-member council in June 2009 and had considered running for the state Senate.