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Hafen, Schroder to Meet with Henderson Residents

Hafen, Schroder to Meet with Henderson Residents


Henderson residents with a message for the mayor or city council can deliver it directly Thursday night at a community meeting.

Mayor Andy Hafen and Councilwoman Gerri Schroder will host Neighborhood Connections, a town-hall type gathering for the residents of Ward I. City of Henderson staff will be in attendance from 6-7 p.m. at Heritage Park Senior Facility, 300 Racetrack Road, to answer questions and provide information to residents as well.

The event is designed to encourage dialogue between neighbors and city leaders regarding projects and questions that pertain to the city of Henderson. Neighborhood Connections is held quarterly to enable city leaders to meet and interact with the residents of each of the four wards within the city of Henderson.

For more information, visit cityofhenderson.com.

Henderson Pulls Plug on Space and Science Center


After spending $7 million, Henderson is pulling the plug on a proposal to build the multi-million Henderson Space and Science Center.

Henderson city council members voted unanimously Tuesday to stop funding plans to build the project on 160 acres of city-owned land near U.S. 95 and the Galleria at Sunset mall. Mayor Andy Hafen says times have changed since the council gave the go-ahead in 2009 and earmarked spending $21 million in city land fund money.

That was after $4 million worth of architectural designs and public works. Since then, about $3 million was spent funding the center board. Now there's almost $18 million left in the land fund.

Officials say the money will be used for other capital project.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

State of the City Address Carried on TV, Web

State of the City Address Carried on TV, Web


Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen will deliver the State of the City address Thursday morning at Green Valley Ranch.

The city of Henderson and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce will host the 2012 Henderson State of the City Address at a noon luncheon. The event will also feature remarks by the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Rick Smith.

Hafen, the Henderson City Council, and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will be present. State and local officials, as well as business and community leaders, are also scheduled to attend.

A Cox Communications broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. on Cox Channel 96 and streams live on the cityofhenderson.com website.

Council Approves Reid as City Attorney

Council Approves Reid as City Attorney


HENDERSON (AP) -- One of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's five sons is the new city attorney in Henderson.

City Council members on Tuesday ratified a three-year contract paying Josh Reid about $190,000 a year. That's about the same as the city attorney in Las Vegas.

Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion abstained from voting. She also abstained when Reid was selected Nov. 29. Reid officially starts Monday. He'll replace interim City Attorney Christine Guerci-Nyhus.

The former city attorney, Elizabeth Quillin, was fired after a May drunken driving traffic accident during work hours.

Reid will represent Henderson in civil cases, and oversee city traffic and misdemeanor prosecutors in Henderson Municipal Court. The city attorney also counsels elected officials, department heads and boards and commissions.

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.

Obama Campaign Opens Henderson Office

Obama Campaign Opens Henderson Office

President Barack Obama’s campaign arm plans to open another local office Thursday.

Organizing for America-Nevada will hold the grand opening of its Henderson office for volunteers and supporters on at 6 p.m. The office, located at 2925 Green Valley Parkway, is the third such one in Nevada, joining those in Las Vegas and Reno.

State Sen. Shirley Breeden, whose district includes Henderson, and Democratic State Party Chair Roberta Lange will be among those scheduled to attend the grand opening. Prior to the grand opening, volunteers will help set up the Organizing for America (OFA) office at 12 p.m.

Congressman Joe Heck Hosts Town Hall

Congressman Joe Heck Hosts Town Hall

Nevada Congressman Joe Heck is hosting a town hall Wednesday night in Henderson.

This is the first town hall with his constituents since he created a firestorm by calling Social Security a pyramid scheme. Heck made the comment during a town hall meeting in May while discussing the sustainability of the program. It was met with disapproval from his audience. He has not apologized for the remark but has said he should have used a different term to describe the program's economic future.  The public meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the American Legion post at Van Wagenen Street and Major Avenue.   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)