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Electric Cars Added to Henderson Fleet

Electric Cars Added to Henderson Fleet


City of Henderson officials hope to save close to $20,000 in fuel costs through the purchase of two new electric vehicles for their motor pool.

A Ford Focus and a Chevy Volt will be added to a fleet already operating 95 percent of non-emergency fleet operating on alternative fuels, according to city officials.

The cars recharge in about four hours using less than $2 in electricity from a 120-volt household outlet and have a mileage rating equivalent to more than 100 MPG. The cars are expected to save $9,700 each in fuel costs over the next five years.

Workforce reductions and the motor pool have allowed the city to reduce its fleet by 120 vehicles since 2009. The city’s motor pool was created in April 2010 to cut fleet costs and increase efficiency by rotating vehicles to employees throughout the workday.

Henderson Police Get Money for Special Traffic Enforcement Efforts

Henderson Police announced a plan to have 11 special traffic enforcement efforts over the next year thanks to a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety.

The department received $105,000 in federal funding through the state in the Joining Forces program. Officers will focus on pedestrian safety, seat belt usage, speeding, distracted driving and impaired drivers.

“I have worked many traffic accidents in my time as a police officer and know the impact that a drunk driver can have on a family and a community,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “I know that our efforts will help reduce the number of drunken drivers on our roadways and increase the number of people wearing their seat belts.”

FAA Makes Flight Restrictions Deal with Tour Companies

FAA Makes Flight Restrictions Deal with Tour Companies

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is going to restrict air space around Las Vegas from Sunday evening to Wednesday afternoon while President Barack Obama is in town.

An FAA statement issued Friday says eight local Grand Canyon sightseeing tour companies will be able to use nearby Jean Airport during that time. Jean is 25 miles south of the Strip. Several other area airports will be closed to general aviation. Commercial traffic at McCarran International Airport won’t be affected.

Two helicopter air tour companies also will be able to conduct night sightseeing tours out of McCarran.

The president plans a campaign event late Sunday at a Las Vegas high school. He’s scheduled to stay at the Westin Lake Las Vegas to hold debate practice sessions for two additional days before his scheduled debate against Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Cycling Event to Slow Traffic Near Lake Mead

Cycling Event to Slow Traffic Near Lake Mead

A massive cycling event will slow traffic in the Lake Mead area on Saturday morning.

Visitors should expect delays on park roads from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. because of the RTC 2012 Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo Pinarello bicycle event.

As many as 2,000 cyclists will travel along Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson, where they will enter the park and turn onto Lakeshore Road. Cyclists will exit the park at U.S. Highway 93 and head toward Hoover Dam.

DMV to Nevadans: Stay Away Monday

DMV to Nevadans: Stay Away Monday


If you have a November deadline for business at the DMV, department officials don’t want to see you Monday.

Department officials are asking motorists to use alternative services this coming Monday or to delay visiting an office until later in the week.

“Happy holidays from our family to yours,” DMV Director Bruce Breslow said. “Enjoy your time more by staying away from the DMV on Monday.”

The Monday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the department’s busiest day of the year, leading some of the staff to call it “Black Monday.”  Wait times can easily double or triple, to two hours or longer. Motorists can always check current wait times on the department’s website or iPhone application.

City Fleet Named One of the Best in the Country

The city of Henderson is being recognized for how it manages its cars.

The city was just named one of the “100 Best Fleets in North America” according to Government Fleet magazine. It was ranked 62nd on the list. The rankings were based on communities that had worked to improve the performance of their fleet.

More than 38,000 government fleets from across the country were eligible for the award. This is the first time Henderson has been recognized. The magazine looked at accountability measures, use of technology, creativity and competitive pricing.

“Our city shop has been charged with working more effectively while using fewer resources, and this recognition truly depicts their hard work,” Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen said.

Henderson was recognized for a number of changes including car sharing, managing fuel prices, fleet downsizing and reducing maintenance turnaround time. 

Rollover Accident on Freeway in Henderson

Rollover Accident on Freeway in Henderson

8 News NOW viewer Mark Hatfield sent in this picture of a three-car accident that happened Thursday afternoon on US 95 northbound near Boulder Highway. According to Hatfield, the driver of the flipped car walked away from the accident.

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