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Henderson Ready for Huge St. Patrick's Day Festival

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Downtown Henderson is getting ready to kick off one of the biggest Saint Patrick's Day festivals in the nation.

The 44tth annual Sons of Erin Saint Patrick's Day Festival is the biggest money making event of the year for Henderson, and every year attendance gets bigger.

You may remember this festival used to be held Downtown and other areas in Las Vegas. Six years ago, the Sons of Erin moved the festival to Henderson. It turned out to be a good move because the event draws in more people and money than many Las Vegas parades combined.

Food vendor Niki Hone has waited years to get permission to sell her chocolate confections at the festival.

"We just do special events. We work out of our home and we're very grateful for this event. It's one of the hardest ones to get into," she said.

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National Guard Troops from Henderson Prepare to Deploy

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Nevada soldiers are about to begin training for their next deployment.

In April, the Nevada National Guard says about 50 soldiers from a Henderson Military Police Unit will start training for a year long mission in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Erick Studenicka says the soldiers are from the 137th Military Police Detachment. They will head to Fort Bliss, Texas in the middle of next month for training, before shipping off to a NATO controlled region of Afghanistan for duty.

Henderson to Hold Water Conservation Classes

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The City of Henderson will hold a Water Conservation Class to teach landscape contractors and maintenance companies how to be more water efficient.

The class will be held Monday, March 15 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Henderson Convention Center.

The City's Department of Utility Services says 70 percent of drinking water in the Las Vegas area is used outdoors, and 60 percent of it is wasted.  Officials say that's happening because of over watering, evaporation and irrigation malfunctions.

If you would like to attend the class you'll need to RSVP by calling 267-2051.

Landscapers to be Offered Water Efficiency Class

LAS VEGAS -- Henderson says it plans to offer a water conservation class to teach landscape contractors and maintenance companies to be more water efficient.

The Monday class with the city's Department of Utility Services is to be held at the Henderson Convention Center. The department says 70 percent of drinking water in the Las Vegas area is used outdoors, and up to 60 percent of that is wasted. Officials blame overwatering, evaporation and irrigation malfunctions.

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Woman Indicted in Henderson Crash that Killed 2

LAS VEGAS -- A grand jury has indicted a 19-year-old woman in a crash that killed two people in Henderson last month.

Anita Mann of Henderson was indicted by a Clark County grand jury on two felony counts of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death in the Feb. 16 crash.

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Louis Madden and Karen Hicks, both 65 and from Henderson, died in the crash. Police said the two were killed after their Hyundai Santa Fe was rear-ended by Mann's Hyundai Accent. Mann was a private first class in the Nevada National Guard. Henderson police allege Mann had a blood-alcohol level of .26 which is more than three times the legal limit for a drinker of legal age.

Arraignment is set for March 18. Court records did not list an attorney for Mann.

Wind Turbine Plant to Be Built In Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS --  A group of companies has announced plans to develop a plant in the Las Vegas valley that would employ about 1,000 people for manufacturing wind turbines.

The announcement was made by U.S. Renewable Energy Group (US-REG), a Chinese company called A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltd., and the real estate development company American Nevada Company of Henderson.

The plan calls for building a the 320,000-square-foot plant in Las Vegas. The plant would manufacture and assemble wind-energy turbines that would supply energy projects throughout North and South America.

Senator Harry Reid has been leading the effort to develop renewable energy and promote investment in Nevada.

Woman Wanted in Henderson for Embezzlement

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police are seeking the public's help in arresting a woman accused of embezzling more than a half million dollars from a local business and then fleeing the country.

Ronda Zamora is wanted on 32 different counts of theft, conspiracy and possession of stolen property.

Detectives have information Zamora may have returned to Southern Nevada or Utah recently.

In September of 2008, the owners of Silver State Refrigeration learned of money being transferred to a personal bank account.

During the investigation, Zamora was accused of embezzling money for two or three years.

If you have any information, call Henderson Police at 267-4750.