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Henderson tries furloughs, more buyouts to fix budget
Some employees will be able to take 12 days off, unpaid
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Henderson is taking more steps to dig itself out of a financial hole.
NLV races come as city arrives at a crossroads
Voters will select mayor, two council members, and determine gaming’s future
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Over the past decade North Las Vegas has sprouted from a gritty and sometimes maligned urban city into a middle-class suburb.
Will local races feel an Obama bump?
No one knows for sure how new voters will alter traditionally low-interest contests in Henderson, North Las Vegas
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Thanks in large part to voters’ excitement about Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy last year, a record number of residents in North Las Vegas and Henderson registered to vote in the November election.
Hearing delayed again on Station Casinos site
Boyd also has plan for area in North Las Vegas
Monday, March 16, 2009
Plans for casinos north of the Las Vegas Beltway in North Las Vegas continue to be stalled.
Henderson’s museum plan assumes rebound
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This hardly seems the time for Henderson to spend $61 million on, of all things, a space and science museum as the city chops tens of millions of dollars from its next two annual budgets.
News sources, here’s your crystal ball
No wonder nobody seems to have one -- they’re tough to find
Friday, March 13, 2009
Everyone is nervous. Everyone is scared. Everyone wants to see into the future. And nobody has a crystal ball.
Science museum vision to become clearer
Henderson council to appoint oversight board for $61 million project
Monday, March 9, 2009
Henderson will create a board of directors to oversee planning for a science museum that is being pitched as the centerpiece of a massive mixed use project.
Russell Banks, author, visiting professor at UNLV
Monday, March 9, 2009
Russell Banks may not be the most famous novelist in America. But many consider him among the best.
Small town making hay
Boulder City luring solar developers with open land, speedy approval process
Sunday, March 8, 2009
If you’re a solar energy company wanting to do business in Boulder City, there’s really only one person you need to see. You’ll find him in the City Hall basement, where he’s been holed up for 32 years.
Planning guru holds out some hope for Vegas
Build on entertainment, link with Calif., he says
Friday, March 6, 2009
A year ago urban planning guru Richard Florida told the Sun that Las Vegas has a bright future. “The thing that bodes best for Las Vegas is its location,” Florida said.
BC council rivals question hopeful’s job history
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Boulder City Council candidate Joe Roche’s campaign finance statement is raising questions from opponents about his employment history.
Museum in Henderson a step closer to reality
Monday, March 2, 2009
The 15-year-old idea to build a science museum in Henderson has taken a baby step closer to reality.
Big NLV project down, not out
Building of 15,000-home development has stopped, but work is continuing behind the scenes
Friday, Feb. 27, 2009
Elkhorn Road, a sleepy two-lane street cutting alongside a grove of freshly built homes in North Las Vegas, is where the wave of housing development broke.
Home cookin’ — for dogs
Culinary school grads use their expertise to create a line of healthful food for Fido
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009
Jillian Plaster met her husband-to-be, Ian Kester, over sizzling pans three years ago at a Las Vegas cooking school.
Plans limp along for mall meant to spur NLV renewal
City, developer still negotiating amid drought in financing
Monday, Feb. 23, 2009
For nearly a decade, North Las Vegas has been pursuing ambitious plans to give its aging downtown a makeover. To help execute the effort, the city’s Redevelopment Agency began plotting ways to draw fresh businesses and new excitement to the beleaguered 2-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard North. What would really help trigger interest in the area, city officials concluded, would be a large shopping center.
Henderson’s buyouts won’t stave off further cuts
Friday, Feb. 20, 2009
Henderson City Manager Mary Kay Peck offered the latest economic bad news during a City Council meeting Tuesday.
If candidate had a vote for every dollar, she’d sweep city
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
Henderson City Council candidate Kathleen Boutin, who has never run for office, has raised more than $150,000 and says she plans to raise $300,000 by the June 2 general election.
NLV’s budget cuts haven’t been enough
City must trim another $1.2 million this year, faces big shortfall in 2010
Monday, Feb. 16, 2009
The economic struggles facing municipalities were hammered home when the North Las Vegas City Council recently shaved $15 million off the current year’s budget.
NLV councilman says son earned campaign pay
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009
North Las Vegas City Councilman William Robinson has paid his son -- a UNLV student and onetime baggage handler -- nearly $90,000 out of his campaign coffers over the past six years, according to campaign expense reports.
Invention has uplifting story
Like church pew, ‘TV Chair’ helps inventor’s disabled son stand
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009
A bit of divine inspiration turned Ross Dauterive into an inventor. It took a few years. He had to overcome a heart attack and stroke along the way.
Kurt Leavitt, Rural Coordinator, Clark County Fire Department
Monday, Feb. 9, 2009
When the Mormon chapel in Logandale caught fire at 4 in the morning Wednesday, it was volunteer firefighters who got out of bed and showed up within 10 minutes to try to quell the blaze.
Upset-minded candidates face uphill climb
It’s hard to make up for large funding deficit
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009
Heading into municipal elections, we’re reminded of civic-minded people in the community who are willing to serve in local government for what appear to be all the right, altruistic reasons.
Localities brace for state raid on revenue
Cities, counties fear Legislature will shift much of budget shortfall burden to them
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009
In government halls across the Las Vegas Valley, the groaning you hear is depressed bureaucrats mourning the loss of sales tax revenue and trying to figure out how to pay the bills.
Ink bleeding into social fabric
Convention held here reflects society’s changing view of tattoos, from rebellious to unremarkable
Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
The tattoo guns buzz like dentists’ drills and the smell of vitamin D ointment adds a medicinal quality to the few hundred painted arms holding aluminum bottles of Bud Light.
Camping, Vegas style
Airstream trailers right at a Strip resort offer a hip, retro alternative to hotels
Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
The newest wrinkle in tourist accommodations on the Strip is an overnight trailer court.
At an asphalt campground alongside Circus Circus, Airstream has delivered 10 of its iconic, silver-bullet-shaped travel trailers for overnight rentals. Honey, pack up the kids, we’re going to Vegas and staying in a trailer!
Restoration outlook is dreary
Preservation of Kiel Ranch hasn’t gained much traction, but many hold tightly to hope
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
The lonely pair of historic Kiel Ranch buildings — well, what remains of them — appear haggard, just off Interstate 15 in North Las Vegas, barred from human contact by a brick wall topped with steel bars.
At this diner, history noted with quiet reverence
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009
Waitress Iesha Hall stood motionless Tuesday morning as Barack Obama took the oath of office.
NLV mayor to state: Hands off our funding
He calls for optimism despite economic woes
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009
At a time when North Las Vegas is trimming $15 million from its budget and a foreclosure crisis is tearing its way through town, Mayor Mike Montandon preached optimism in this week’s State of the City address.
In defense of the ‘boring’ Vegas ’burbs
They’re newsworthy despite Forbes rankings
Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
Forbes.com tells me I routinely write about two of the 10 most boring places in the country: Henderson and North Las Vegas.
Henderson may get boost for industrial sites
A bill in the U.S. Senate would allow city to prezone 500 acres
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
Efforts by Henderson to limit the use of 500 acres of federal land the city covets for business development could pan out with the passage of a Senate bill this week.
Money woes beset Boulder City, shortfall pegged at $1.8 million
Monday, Jan. 12, 2009
Boulder City isn’t immune to the financial woes hitting municipalities across the Las Vegas Valley.
It’s North Las Vegas’ turn in budget morass
Projects to go on hold, hiring freeze to be extended as city looks to trim $23 million
Monday, Jan. 12, 2009
A month after Henderson announced $28 million in budget cuts and a buyout program for its most experienced employees, the suburban city at the other end of the valley is taking steps to combat its own economic crisis.
Want a side of budget numbers with that?
State legislators, Henderson officials break bread over gloomy revenue forecast
Friday, Jan. 9, 2009
In a conference room on the second floor of Henderson City Hall, politicians responsible for getting us out of this budgetary mess met this week over turkey sandwiches.
Plays lack playhouse
The nonprofit community group Theatre in the Valley presses on, homeless
Friday, Jan. 9, 2009
It’s Monday and they need actors — any actors — to walk through the glass doors of the conference room with green walls.
Planned dog park meets howls
‘It’s just too close,’ homeowner says, echoing others in Henderson community
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009
Henderson wants to add a dog park and an off-road bicycle track to the 60-acre Arroyo Grande Sports Complex. And, yes, neighbors are complaining.
Henderson has a plan to enliven a major artery
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009
Henderson has formalized plans to redevelop an eight-mile stretch of Boulder Highway that’s lined with aging strip malls, fast-food restaurants and the occasional small casino.
Plans for U.S. 93 leave many wanting
Boulder City mayor says he will continue to press for 13-mile bypass
Monday, Jan. 5, 2009
The first shovel will be driven into the ground this week for improvements to U.S. 93 between Hoover Dam and sleepy Boulder City.
Residents say, Hikers? Not in our back yard
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008
On the night when the Henderson City Council approved what is to be the city’s tallest buildings — the 30-story Park Heights towers — citizens showed up to discuss something much smaller: a 12-by-12-foot shelter, a sign, three benches and a trash can. That would be the Anthem East Trailhead, which Henderson plans to build in the spring in the Shadow Canyon Village neighborhood, a picture of suburbia with tasteful desert landscaping.
Library transfer is about people, too
Staffers, programs will change with branch’s management
Friday, Dec. 26, 2008
Green Valley Library did its best to nurture a sense of community.
Unlikely confidence: Developer sticking with Henderson tower plan
Monday, Dec. 22, 2008
The adage in the real estate and development business is location, location, location. But here may be a case of timing, timing, timing.
Improvised plow clears hilly Henderson
City workers use rented road grader to move snow off Anthem’s winding roads
Friday, Dec. 19, 2008
Ed Owens dragged himself out of bed for work at 6 a.m. Wednesday, ready for another day on the Henderson street maintenance crew.
Public sector imitates private on buyouts
Taking cue from businesses, Henderson and other U.S. cities are turning to the kinder cut to rein in payroll expenses
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Earlier this month the Henderson City Council offered buyouts to certain city employees as a way to cut payroll costs in the long run.
Library in Henderson soon to be in its system, too
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008
The Green Valley Library will temporarily close beginning Dec. 23 in preparation for its transfer from the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District to the Henderson Library District.
Finding a tiny niche, taking a big risk
Friday, Dec. 12, 2008
In June, with the recession gaining momentum, Lance and Monica Hibbert did something counterintuitive. They started a small business.
His artwork just doesn’t last
Ice sculptures can be simple, exquisite, even useful, but artist notes they’re only decorations
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008
Denny Wold, 45, loves the cold and that’s a good thing because he’s in the ice business. He spends eight hours a day in a 20-degree walk-in freezer. And that’s golf weather for Wold.
A new McStore, a winning formula
Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
How’s this for timing: McDonald’s is opening its largest Nevada store next week — a two-story version on the Strip — while we’re in the throes of the worst recession in decades.
Traveling works fine for him
Attention-seeking USC graduate’s goal is 50 jobs in 50 states
Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
Daniel Seddiqui couldn’t find a job after graduating from the University of Southern California, so he created his own job. As a press agent. For himself.
Proposal for project with Henderson’s tallest building progresses to council
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008
There’s some good news for a major development project in Henderson. The city Planning Commission has recommended approving Park Heights, a 40-acre project anchored by what would be the tallest building in the city. The “tallest” title now goes to Sunset Station, at 230 feet.
Las Vegas Marathon on a new course
Stewards of race will turn it over to group with formidable track record
Monday, Dec. 1, 2008
The financial gasping and wheezing that has accompanied the Las Vegas Marathon in recent years suggest a problem that Nevada runners and fans would rather not consider as they approach Sunday’s annual race. After all, the company that runs the marathon, Devine Racing, needed to sell the Los Angeles Marathon for an amount reported to be at least $10 million to dig out of a financial hole.
A campaign closer to home
HOA boards might not be glamorous, but they can exert great influence on daily life
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008
Mark Klein has made a pair of decisions that illustrate life on the edge of the desert in the new West.

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