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Liberty Student Honored for Green Work

Liberty Student Honored for Green Work


Earlier this week, senior Samantha Banz was given the Certificate of Commendation by City of Henderson Councilwoman Debra March.

The presentation took place at the annual GreenFest in honor of Earth Day at the Springs Preserve last week.

"She did a great job, and we are very happy, and feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated and wonderful daughter," Sonja Rogers-Banz, Samantha’s mother, said. "She shines inside and out."

Earlier in the year, Banz was invited, along with other members of CCSD's "green" Eco-Ambassador program, to speak in front of the CCSD Board of School Trustees. She spoke about the green movement at Liberty High School along with her experiences at the National Green School Conference in Florida. 

Veterans Needed as Treatment Program Mentors

Veterans Needed as Treatment Program Mentors


Calling all veterans: the city of Henderson needs your help to work with your peers.

The Henderson Municipal Court is seeking volunteer veterans to serve as mentors for defendants enrolled in Veterans Treatment Court. Mentors help coach and guide veterans through the court treatment program.

Veterans Treatment Court is an alternative sentencing program for military veterans charged with misdemeanor crimes while struggling to readjust to civilian life. Many wrestle with substance abuse and mental illness that appear to be related to military service. Veterans Treatment Court focuses on the veteran’s underlying issues and provides access to resources that enable successful compliance with the court’s orders.

BMX Star Laguna to Appear at Bike Swap Event

BMX Star Laguna to Appear at Bike Swap Event


Henderson’s bike swap event will feature a special guest this year: local professional BMX rider Ricardo Laguna.

Laguna will appear at the city’s inaugural Bicycle Swap & Rally, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Parkway. Admission is free.

Laguna will make an appearance at 12:30 p.m. to meet and greet participants and to discuss bike safety, including the importance of wearing a helmet. He also will talk about becoming a BMX rider and discuss his best tricks.

On the BMX circuit since 2003, Laguna has won many international BMX events around the world. He also has an MTV reality show “The Ricardo Laguna Project.”  

Cohen Appointed to Mastroluca's Seat


Lesley Cohen was appointed earlier this week to fill the Nevada State Assembly seat abruptly vacated by April Mastroluca in November.

Mastroluca, a Democrat, recently had been selected to a third term representing District 29 in Henderson when she resigned weeks after the election, citing family reasons.

Cohen will serve on the Education, Judiciary, and Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committees in the 2013 legislative session.

“I’ve always deeply cared about my community, and the state of Nevada,” Cohen said. “I am excited to serve in Carson City, and I look forward to the opportunity to work on issues that will have an immediate and long-term impact on all Nevadans.”

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.

Man's Parking Garage Fall Called Suicide

Man's Parking Garage Fall Called Suicide


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Police suspect suicide after a 31-year-old Henderson man fell to his death from a downtown Las Vegas casino parking garage.

Las Vegas police spokesman Jacinto Rivera said Jaime Griffin fell from the seventh floor of the Binion's casino parking garage and died about 6:30 p.m. Friday. Rivera says police crisis intervention members tried to talk with Griffin shortly before he jumped.

The Clark County coroner's office will make an official ruling on the cause and manner of death.