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I-Team: Taxpayers on the hook to pay for golf course project

LAS VEGAS -- Two well-known developers owe one local city government three-quarters of a million dollars for taxpayer funded projects and have yet to pay.

It's an audit nobody wants to talk about; not the city of Henderson and not the developers. At risk is a large sum of taxpayer money.

Even on a hot summer afternoon, Frank Mueller and his friends can be found at Henderson's Wildhorse Golf Course.

"I like the greens. They putt pretty good. They give you a good deal, $29 and they give you a free lunch," Mueller said.

Some might argue the two golf course developers are also getting a free lunch that is costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Wildhorse Golf Course uses reclaimed water. The city of Henderson used taxpayer money to build pipes for the water, but city officials say, the developers never paid them back.

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Fire damages mobile home in Henderson

Fire damages mobile home in Henderson

Fire damaged a vacant single-wide trailer in Henderson Tuesday afternoon.

The Henderson Fire Department was called to the scene at around 4 p.m. on a report of a structure fire near Lake Mead Drive and Shoshone Lane.

When crews arrived, they found smoke coming from the trailer which was boarded up and unoccupied.

Neighborhoods saw the fire and called for help.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control and put it out within a few minutes.

The trailer’s owner arrived a short time later and confirmed that no one was living there, but several break-ins at the property had been reported.

Damage is estimated at $40,000.

 

UPDATE: 215 reopened to traffic after semi-truck crash

HENDERSON, Nev. - A crash involving a semi-truck caused delays on I-215 near Stephanie Street for much of Monday morning. The eastbound lanes were closed for several hours.

The accident occurred shortly before 4:30 a.m. Nevada Highway Patrol says the semi-truck crashed into the center median on the 215 eastbound and jackknifed. The collision sent debris into the westbound lanes of I-215 and caused a minor accident between two cars. Also, a second semi-truck and two vehicles traveling eastbound veered to avoid hitting the first semi-truck and ended up in the gravel on the side of the freeway.

The jackknifed semi leaked approximately 100 gallons of fuel on to the road. Crews worked to clean the highway before it reopened. No injuries were reported.

 

 

City of Henderson releases water report

A report by the city of Henderson shows that the city’s drinking water meets or surpasses all state and federal standards.

The 2014 Water Quality Report details the city’s drinking water. The water comes from the Colorado River, but it also goes through a multi-step treatment process and thousands of laboratory tests before it ends up in people’s homes and businesses.

The Environmental Protection Agency requires that the city release the information about its water to all residents and businesses. To see the entire report, go to cityofhenderson.com/2014WQR.

A printed copy can be requested by calling the Department of Utility Services at (702) 267-5900. 

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Coroner identifies woman killed on Boulder Highway

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the woman who was struck and killed by a vehicle along Boulder Highway July 10 as 27-year-old Jessica Papin.

According to Henderson Police, Papin was crossing north of Lake Mead Parkway and was in a marked crosswalk. Two other cars stopped to let her walk, however, the driver who hit her failed to stop for her.

Police identified the driver as 84-year-old Paul Bennett. He voluntarily submitted to blood testing to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors. A preliminary investigation shows speed does not seem to be a factor. The crash is still under investigation.



Senate approves bill to clean up toxic Nevada mine

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has approved legislation intended to launch the long-awaited cleanup of a toxic, abandoned manganese mine outside of Las Vegas.

Nevada Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller say the bill sent to President Obama on Wednesday directs the Bureau of Land Management to convey the federal portions of the Three Kids Mine site to the city of Henderson's redevelopment agency for fair market value, taking into account cleanup costs projected in excess of $300 million.

They said that once the local agency receives title to the land, it will work with a developer to complete cleanup and build a residential community.

The mine that first opened in 1917 was used for government storage after it closed in 1961. It covers more than 1,200 acres within Henderson's city limits across the street from homes and businesses.

Neighbors hope flood project keeps their streets drier

LAS VEGAS -- Driving through flooded roadways can be potentially deadly for drivers and damaging to their cars.

There is even a nationally recognized slogan: "Turn around, don't drown."

However, Chopper 8 along with people in one older area of Henderson often gets a front row seat to mistakes made every monsoon season.

People turning their cars into submarines some make it, some don't.

Denise Vining has seen it all.

“Yesterday I saw a lady get stuck in it, if she had waited 15 minutes it would have been fine,” Vining said.

Vining’s house sits on the corner of Equestrian Drive and Magic Way in Henderson, right in the center of all the action.

“The rain usually comes, comes fast, and when it does it comes to the center of our intersection right here. All the streets converge here,” Vining said.

Tuesday's storm ripped down a tree and dropped three-quarters of an inch of rain in about 15 minutes.