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Driving You Crazy: Long Lights Along Green Valley Parkway

HENDERSON, Nev. - Drivers say traffic signals along Green Valley Parkway are not working properly and causing long delays.

Local officials say the lights are not malfunctioning. Henderson and other valley jurisdictions are making traffic signal timing changes that are required by new federal government rules. The changes are intended to match pedestrian crossing times.

Lights are now required to allow enough time for pedestrians with slower walking speeds – approximately three to four feet per second. The extra time is intended to give those with physical challenges enough time to cross the road.

Engineers tried to prevent the changes from affecting traffic, but they did shorten the cycle for left turns at many intersections.

Driving You Crazy: I-215/Eastern Avenue Offramp Gridlock

LAS VEGAS - A viewer says the I-215 and Eastern Avenue off-ramp, which only includes one lane, is often backed up with traffic and needs to be widened.

Traffic8 recently covered the landscaping work there and reported this ramp will receive future pavement rehabilitation. The ramp will eventually be free of potholes and cracks, but it will not get widened.

The issue involves busy Eastern Avenue. The road does not have the capacity for all the traffic that uses it.  It's a major arterial into Henderson and Anthem, as well as a popular retail and restaurant corridor. Because of that, high traffic volumes stay consistent.

Volunteers Bringing the Message of Pool Safety

Volunteers Bringing the Message of Pool Safety

 

Several groups will be bringing the message of pool safety to the community, during an event Saturday.

Henderson firefighters, the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter and Rockstar Pool Care will be part of a safe pool rules news conference at the City of Henderson Fire Station 98 at Coronado Center Drive and Horizon Ridge Parkway.

Following the news conference, at about 11 a.m., volunteers will walk through Henderson neighborhoods bringing the message of pool safety to as many people as possible.

They'll be handing out information about drowning prevention, including a door hanger that outline the A, B, C, & D's of drowning prevention.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in southern Nevada for young children. An average of eight children die every year in the Las Vegas valley. 

Cannabis Center Institute Debuts in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The Cannabis Career Institute claims it can teach you how to legally start a dispensary, grow operation and delivery service. The lecture was held for the first time in Nevada on Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Henderson.

About 80 people packed into the meeting room which was twice the number than was expected.

One of the benefits of the class, according to the Cannabis Career Institute, is that attendees will learn how to be registered medical marijuana patients.

This comes after a Senate panel unanimously approved a bill earlier this week that could pave the way for medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada. Thirteen years ago Nevada voters approved the use of medical marijuana, but there has never been a legal way of getting it. The bill is still a long way from becoming law.

The CEO of the Cannabis Career Institute admits, at some point in the pot business venture, some laws will be broken.

Gehring Elementary Student Makes Winning Guess in Mojave Max Contest

Gehring Elementary Student Makes Winning Guess in Mojave Max Contest

 

A fourth grader from Gehring Elementary School is the winner of this year's Mojave Max Emergence Contest.

Kayla Marshall's guess of when the desert tortoise would emerge from its burrow was closest to the actual time. She was off by only two minutes.

Max ended his brumation, which is the reptilian form of hibernation, at 1:45 p.m. March 14. The desert tortoise is one of the best predictors of spring in the Mojave Desert, because he only comes out when the weather is warm enough, and there is enough daylight.

Kayla was one of 5,200 students who entered this year's contest. Her great guess earned a pizza party for her class and prizes for her. 

The program is a partnership between the Clark County School District, The Bureau of Land Management and Clark County. The idea is to help students better understand their desert home. 

Church Gets Approval to Expand

Church Gets Approval to Expand

The Henderson City Council decided Tuesday to allow the New Song Church of Seven Hills to add more classroom space. The council's decision allows for a zone change for the church's property.

However, the decision came with conditions pushed by residents living near the church. It can only add enough space to offer classes up to first grade, and it can only have 62 students enrolled.

It must also adjust start and drop off times around start times for nearby Del Webb Middle School. The church must also upgrade landscaping. 

A neighborhood representative said he and others in the Coventry neighborhood believe the church has long-term plans to expand to offer classes up to fifth grade. However, if the church does go forward with those plans, another condition requires that they notify the entire neighborhood not just those living close to the church.  

Police Use Underage Volunteers to Bust Businesses

LAS VEGAS -- More than a dozen businesses sold alcohol to underage volunteers during a check by Henderson police officers this weekend, the police department said Monday.

According to the police, officers from the Community Relations Unit worked with the underage volunteers, sending them into 59 businesses to buy alcohol.

In 44 of the businesses, the clerks refused to sell alcohol to the volunteers, but clerks in 15 businesses did, the police said.

Among the businesses that failed were the Race & Sports Bar at the M Resort and Casino, two PT's Gold taverns, a Dotty's casino, Eldorado Casino and a Jackpot Joanie's.

The clerks were cited for serving an underage person and face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. This was the first time those businesses failed the check, the police said.