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Henderson Starts Tracking Abandoned Homes

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The housing crisis hit the Las Vegas valley especially hard and left
behind a big problem, abandoned and foreclosed homes.

Many homes were left to rot, becoming eyesores that can
bring down property values and make neighborhoods dangerous.

The cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas started
addressing the issue with a registry about two years ago. Now, city of Henderson is doing the
same thing. The city council voted to start its own registry Monday.

One of the main problem with abandoned and foreclosed homes is
it is hard to track down the owner, often a bank, and hold them responsible.  

For Bill Jones, the problem is down the street from his
house, and he is tired of seeing it.

"Right now, I don't even know if there's a property
owner affective on it," Jones said. 

The house has broken windows, garbage in the front yard, and
a big dead tree. 

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City of Henderson Hiring Seasonal Workers

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department is holding a job fair on Saturday, March 1 to hire 330 workers.

The job fair will be held at Whitney Ranch Recreation Center at 1575 Gallaria Dr. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications must be at least 16 years old. Some jobs will have an age requirement of 18. Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume.

There are seasonal and part-time positions for food service attendants, lifeguards and recreation assistants.

For more information, call (702)267-4100.

St. Patrick's Day Festivities Announced

St. Patrick's Day Festivities Announced

The city of Henderson has announced the dates for its annual St. Patrick's Day festivities.

This year the Southern Nevada Sons & Daughters of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival will start Thursday, March 13 and go through Sunday, March 16 at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water Street.

This is the 48th annual festival and the 10th year of the Sons & Daughters of Erin hosting the event in Henderson.

The festival will feature a carnival, car show, live Irish music and dance and traditional Irish cuisine.

The parade will be at 10 a.m. March 15. It is one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the state. This year's theme will be Shamrocks and Shenanigans. The organizers are accepting applications for the parade through Wednesday, Feb. 12. The entrance fee is $50.

Millennials Demand Technology, Energy Efficiency in Homes

LAS VEGAS -- Two of the hottest markets for home flippers are right here in Las Vegas.

According to RealtyTrac, flippers are making a lot of money in two zip codes 89119 and 89169.

The target group for people who are buying homes, refurbishing them and then selling them at a profit are homebuyers between 25 and 34 years old.

It is all because hipsters or millennials, as the age group is often called, are willing to buy homes that look new and out of a magazine.

These homes of the future will be very different. Millennials are demanding energy efficiency and technology.

At a neighborhood off Sundridge Heights Parkway in Henderson, there is a home known as the new American home.

It is the official show home of the International Builders' Show. It is a preview of what the millennial generation dreams of in a new home.

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Firearm Thief Goes to Prison in Henderson Case

LAS VEGAS -- The last of four men convicted of stealing 21 firearms from a Henderson gun store in August 2011 was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said. 

Demario F. Edwards, 24, of North Las Vegas, who pleaded guilty in October to possession of a stolen firearm and theft from a federal firearms licensee, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson. Co-defendants Victor Williams, 21, Daryl Galtney, 25, and Frank Freeman, 27, also pleaded guilty and were sentenced last year to 37 months, 63 months, and 100 months in prison respectively.

"Many of these stolen firearms end up in the hands of criminals, who later commit crimes of violence," Bogden said. "It is important to send a message to persons who steal firearms in burglaries and robberies that there are strong federal laws prohibiting this type of conduct and we will use them to keep the community safe."

Driving You Crazy: Unyielding Drivers Near Valle Verde and 215

HENDERSON, Nev. - A viewer says traffic problems occur daily as vehicles merge from southbound Valle Verde Drive to I-215.

Most of the problems occur as vehicles turn right from southbound Valle Verde, fail to yield and cut off other vehicles or turn left from a green light onto the 215.

The viewer says the yield sign is too far back. She wants the sign closer to the road. Engineers reviewed the idea of placing the sign in the median island, but determined it would likely be hit by a car.

With two northbound lanes merging onto the ramp, drivers are advised to use the inside or left lane to avoid unyielding drivers.

Those drivers are supposed to yield, however, so Traffic 8 has alerted Henderson Police for the possibility of increased enforcement.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Brian Loftus.

Henderson to Consider Alzheimer’s Facility Proposal

Despite being rejected by the city's Planning Commission, the city council will hold a public hearing Tuesday.

The Henderson City Council is set to hold a public hearing at its Tuesday meeting to discuss a proposed assisted group living facility in a rural southeast neighborhood.

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