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Henderson city official pleads 'no contest'

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A top Henderson city leader who was arrested for DUI pleaded no contest to a lesser charge after blood tests revealed he was not over the legal limit.

Assistant city manager Fred Horvath was arrested last month on suspicion of DUI.

According to court records, the complaint against Horvath moved forward on Sept. 3 to a misdemeanor for failure to maintain a lane/improper lane change because his blood test revealed he was under the legal limit. Horvath pleaded no contest to that charge.

Horvath had been on administrative leave while his arrest was investigated, but has since returned to his job.

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Hawaiian festival host thousands to history, food and music

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Thousands of people flooded the streets in Henderson over the weekend for the annual Hawaiian Festival. As the Hawaiian community continues to grow in the valley, it's no surprise that people jumped at the opportunity to watch some hula dancers, eat some great food and listen to some good music.

"It's the music. It's so laid back. It's calming,” Jeremy Stanwix, Enjoying Hawaiian Music said.

"You've probably only heard of Spam, but they have Mahi Mahi musubi, they have crab musubo,” aid Wally Tavares, Hawaiian Food Connoisseur.

This year's festival was also health conscious. Besides all of the fun, it also offered health screenings and a blood drive.

The theme was cowboys; and it wasn't because of the deeply rooted cowboy culture in Nevada. Cowboys and other experts were on hand explaining the long history of cowboys and cattle wranglers in Hawaii:

City of Henderson hosting College Night

The city of Henderson is sponsoring a College Night workshop for students who are planning to go to college and their parents.

The workshop will offer resources, tips and recommendations on preparing for college. Speakers will offer advice on applications, scholarships, recommended classes and attracting college interest.

College Night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Road.

Registration is not required. 

New technology available at St. Rose de Lima campus

New technology available at St. Rose de Lima campus

New medical technology unique to southern Nevada is helping paralyzed patients become independent and mobile again.

The three new pieces of robotic equipment are exclusive to the St. Rose de Lima campus in Henderson.  The state-of-the-art tools can improve the lives of those who use them, in part, by allowing people to stay in the valley to receive treatment.

"In the United States, there are only about 100 of these machines and in the world no more than 200. So, we have the newest, the best technology available in the United States right now," Dr. Tony Chin, with St. Rose Impatient Rehabilitation Facility, said.

That technology includes a robotic arm that helps patients achieve better mobility.

The purchase of the equipment is the first step to a large expansion of St. Rose's inpatient rehabilitation facility, which will be finished by January 1.

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Prince Jonah Kuhio Ho'olaule Festival planned for this weekend

The Henderson Events Plaza is again hosting the annual Prince Jonah Kuhio Ho’olaule’a Festival.

The festival will be this weekend from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The event will feature traditional Hawaiian music, food and crafts, including lei making, quilting and feather craft.

There will also be a workshop on growing tropical plants in Las Vegas, which is often referred to as the ninth island. The workshops will be at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Admission to the event is complimentary. 

Fire damages home in Henderson

Fire damages home in Henderson

A fire damaged a home in Henderson Thursday evening.

According to the Henderson Fire Department, dispatchers were called at around 6 p.m. about a fire at a home near College and Mission drives.

When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the home’s garage. The homeowner was outside the home. He told firefighters that the smoke alarms started going off, so he investigated where the smoke was coming from and found the fire in the garage.

He used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire but could not. He left the house and called 911.

By the time crews arrived, the fire had spread into the home and in the attic. They were able to quickly knock down the fire.

The fire has been ruled accidental. The total loss is estimated at $120,000. The homeowner was treated and released for smoke inhalation.

One firefighter was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion, where he was treated and released. 

Henderson council talks tax hikes Tuesday

Henderson City Council will take up the issue of a tax hike during Tuesday’s meeting.

It is time to talk taxes in Henderson again.

A discussion about a potential ballot question to raise city property tax 20 cents per $100 of assessed value will go before the City Council on Tuesday for the first in-depth discussion among the elected officials. 

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