1997-02-04 - Henderson Home News

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1997-02-04 - Henderson Home News
Marciniak, D. B. ( Columnist )
Jackson, Sharon ( Columnist )
Szydelko, Paul ( Columnist )
Brewer, Ray ( Columnist )
Bowman, Bill ( Columnist )
Grogan, Barbara ( Columnist )
Zaichick, Lee ( Photographer )
Jones, Brian ( Photographer )
Weidenfeld, Rob ( Photographer )
O'Callaghan, Mike
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City and town life -- Nevada -- Henderson
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ipp -y^7'' '^ -p7^fJl.J^,l^JM.Wi^P|.il|J^!Iipu HENDERSON 1J V .^Sfeu Tuesday, Pabruory 4,1997 Henderson, Nevada 50*PlamiersOK The Reserve's expansion DJlMardnM News Staff Wnter Tli Reserve Hotel and Ca* sine will open with a larger fadlity as planners approved a use permit and architectural review to expand the half-built facility. The Henderson Planning Commission met Thursday in City Council Chamber to discuss theexpansionproposaland< unreUted items. '^e're ready to move now and we don't want to wait for permits," said George Garcia, a representative for the development. Garcia said the applicant, Ameristar Casino Las Vegas, Inc., is anxious to continue expansion which had slowed to a trickle while awaiting additional plans to be approved by planners and City Council. Additional agreements about roof-screening, he said, could be addressed prior to the Council meeting to allow the developer time to submit for building permits to begin additional woric. Expansion for the project comes after Ameristar swapped stock with Gem Gaming to be the primary developer of the -,-projeot. The developer determined that with its additional resources, the hotel and caaino could open with more hotel rooms and amenities to offer patrons. Plans will allow-^ an additional 224hotelroflri£8and 70,626 square feet of casino floor area. In addition to the hotel and ca-ainerthe faeili ^ will inehaderestauradts, meeting rooms, ofHcea, retail apace and. A. l,388-8pace parking garage, staffs report said. ". See Tbe Reserve Page 2 Lee Z&ichick/News Staff i KDALINQ HARMONY — Richard Schislor took advantage of Spring-like weather Saturday -by riding a bieyde whHe playing hia guitar on tbenaw 1-21S Southern Beltway during the grand opening celebration. He first started riding and playing five years ago in Tokyo, Japan. The section of the Beltway will open to motorists later this month. More photos from the event will be published Thursday on the Panorama cover. Air quality tasic force sed pr* DA.Maitkriak • II News Staff Writer Henderson officials hope to clear the air about industrial accidents at facilities along Lake Mead Drive which have become all too regular, said Councilman Jack Clark. The Henderson City Council will meet in a regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss forming an air quatity task force and other unrelated items. The meeting will be held in City Council Chambers, 240 Water St *I think we need to investigate. I think there is some potential there for a disaster," Clark said. Citing an increase in accidental chlorine releases by Timet and other potential problems posed by nearby factories in the industrial area, Clark said the city has to take a more aggressive action to minimize risks. Tor the most part, I think the plants have operated safely, considering what they are doing [processing toxic chemicals]," he iaid. However, the margin for error is small, Clark said, and with so maay chemicals used is the industrial area, the city should do more to assure tl^ public's safety. Complicatina)the issue, he said, is the faci that the industrial complex, which stretches from Interstate 515 to Water Street, is on Clark County land. This makes dealing with regu-latittgegendes difficult M because they are not dty offidals. Currently there is a private panel known as the Henderson Industrial Citizens Adviaory Panel, organized by the planta to monitor the faciHties. However, there is no group answering to the city. Clark said the private group may be able to serve to fiacilitate information for the planta, but the bottom line is the dty needs more answers. To what extent the dty can use the existing panel has yet to be determined, he said. By forming a small commission of area business people, industrial complex and dty officials, the group can investigate thefadlities and recommend any possible improvemebts, Clark said. Another possibility for the proposed commission, he said, is involving an offidal from ihe Clark County Health District Including an individual from the agency will give the citj a valuable resource to properly analyze fadUties. 1 want to come up with constructive solutions," he said. Ihere is no intention to shut the plants down hy forming the commissicm to investigiste their See Air Qualty Pages Timet offers training courses to emergency personnel Sharon Jackson News Staff Wnter Citing the desire to enhance safely for employees, improve communication with Clark County and Henderson emergency teams and wanting to be a better neighbor, Titanium Metals Corp. [Timet] offered safety training courses in December. "^e want to let the community know we are a responsible company." Timet safety uid health manager Eli Mraovicli said, '^e live in this community and we have an investment in this community." Mraovich, who came to Timet in February 1996, recognized management didn't spend enough time communicating with the emergency response agendes. INSIDE Overview Education Deaths .6 8 Money Management _9 Sports 11 HMJCi By implementing the safety course, Mraovich and other Timet officials hope to dispel the lack of trust that has developed with city and county emergency teams. A total of 170 partidpants, including Henderson, Clark County, Timet management and Bums Security, attended eight four-hour training sessions. The course ohjectives are not only to train firefighters in chemical emergencies but also to familiarize emergency teams with the difTerant units that make up the plant. Timet operations manager Eldon Poulsen designed the course, whidi combined daaaroom instruction with hands-on training in condMting chemical spills and leaks. Poulsen said Timet actually has five units that carry out different fiinctioDs to produce titanium. The different units indude dtlorination, magnesium recovery, reduction, vacuum distillation, sponge handluog and melting. Poulsen explained the phases and the hazards that could be aaaodated with eadi. Poulsen, who has a 42-year history at Timet and has been a manager in every unit at the plant showed the different hacards and how they ere controlled and contained. See Tbnet PaeaS Bean Jor^tas/Speoal to the News KING AND QUEEN — Mayor Bob Groesbeck and Ns wife Mary were named King and Queen of the 1997 Mardi Gras Bell Friday night at Caesars Palace. Tbe b^H is an annual fundraiser for $t Rose Dominican Hospitel. Groesbeck. wtw has begun several programs for Handereon youth, is a mer. Governor's Commission on Aging and the Ribbon Commission en Educetionel ExeeNence Opportunity. andYeutli — / -^'"^^^^ '^; •*4


wm • i^^fp Pigt z nMKMrMii Homt ItPMrTdndmr, February 4, 1987 Tuesday, February 4,1997 HefHtoreon Home News Peg* 3 • ^j • • • I *' ; iiA\: PAUL 8ZYDELKO Prank poses larger questions, bigger eonb^rns lij wife Meria, deui^ter Julia and I ware reoantly walUnr one nifht along Qteeo Valley Parkway when we were reminded juet how helpless we can be when a random attack suddenly occurs. And how stupid some people can be. Ai In oncoming car pas SCK] US, it slowed, its passengers shouted at us and threw what appeared to be coins at us. I felt a sting in my arm and heard the coins fall to the ground. The car sped away to ensure I could not provide a description or catch the license plates. I checked to see if Julia in my back-carrier and Maria were all ri^t They were, but we were shaken for a few minutes. We know mudi worse things can happen and have happened to people just fligoying sonae peace and quiet in Uieir neighborhood. We know in the broader scheme of things, this was just a little blip. Nonetheless, even relatively trivial inddttits such as this still can have a profound effect: They tend to s hut us into our lu>mes, in front of the TV and away from our neighbors. We feel detached and isolated, at best; fearful, at worst. The thought is this: The next time it won't be just coins tossed from a passing car. It could be something far worse. It's not hard to imagine if you scan headlines of watdi five minutes of the local news. Tliat's why women have to bring protection to go out for a jog. They must bring mace, a firearm, a cellular phone or a fierce dog. Iliat's why parents are hesitent to let their children walk just a mile to their sdiools. They must insist on walking in groups, or carpooling. Ihat's why we make our homes little fortresses and build fences, lock doors, install bars and put in security systems. We can't wait to shut our garage doors as soon as we pull in. That's why we don't know our neighbors as well as we should. It was probably a prank, but it was a dangerous prank — a prank that was not so innocent. It was a mean-spirited, dumb thing to do. Who knows if they saw or cared we were carrying a 10-month old baby. Who knows if they make a habit out of this on Friday nights. Who knows if they thought through the consequences of their actions. Who knows if they or their parents are reading thi^, or whether they can read. It just takes a car, a free stretch of road to accelerate and a few coins to have a some kind of cheap thrill and ruin somebody else's outing. Next time we're out walking, we'll be just a little more hesitant about the next car, a little more vigilant about our surroundings and a Uttle more scared of just what's around the comer. --. Maybe next time, a car slows down near us with a lost driver merely pausing to ask directions. We might think twice about helping, and likely turn away before he even finishes his question. We shun a stranger, fearing the worst. And when we turn away, in an effort to protect our family, any insti nct toward civility diminishes, a little bit of our friendliness vanishes, and our sense of "community" dies. Szydeiko is managing editor of the Henderson Home News. Apartment blaze started by child playing with matches Sharon Jackson News Staff Writer —A fife ktHed tiiiree petijtrdB and one pet mouse and caused $80,000 in damage .shortly after 5 p.mFriday. Henderson fire and police rej sponded to 2315 Icarus Dr. and found a second-floor apartment I of an eight-unit, two-story building half involved in fire. Upon arrival, firefighters began a rapid attack and had the fire knocked down in about 20 minutes, according to a fire department report. One neighbor suffered minor bums to his hands while trying "to remove the burnfng^matlfess" shortly afler the fire started. The fire was contained to the apartment of origin and the attic space above it. There was smoke damage to an adjacent apartment and water damage to the apartment below the fire. Four engines, two aerial ladder trucks, three paramedic/ f esieugTffilts, one battalion chief," one fire investigation unit and one service vehicle were used to combat the fire. The Clark County Fire Department assisted Henderson units at the scene. Henderson Police provided traffic and crowd control. A 6-year-old resident started the fire while playing with matches under a bed. Area fire departments provide juvenile fire-setter prog^rams to help parents deal with children who are fascinated with starting fires. Plans for Whitney Rec Center discussed tomorrow A special meeting of the Henderson City Council will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Thorpe Elementary School auditorium to discuss the design of the new Whitney Ranch Rec Center. In addition to members of the Council, Dundee Jones, director of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department and his staff will be available to hear community input. Proposals for the recreation center, to be located on Galleria Drive between Patrick Road and Plain Sight Avenue, include an enclosed pool, an outdoor amphitheater, a rollerblading and hockey area, basketball, tennis, racquetball and more. Funds for the recreation center were approved by voters in the last parks bond issue. Community activists have organized the meeting to give area residents an opportunity for in>put into the fadlitjr's design and to discuss other issues of importance. Brian Jones/Special to the News SILENT AUCTION — St. Rose Dominican Hospital employee Pat Wunder looks over items at the silent auction Fridaynight before the Mardi Gras Ball at Caesars Palace. Correction A phone number for neurotherapy specialist Dr. Mervyn Willard was incorrect in the Health & Fitness section published last Thursday. T^e correct number is 6500590. THE RESERVE: Planning meeting From Page 1 Zonin&commission to meet Feb. 5 The Attendance Zone Advisory Commission of the Board of Sdiool Trustees will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the board room of the Education Canter, 2832 E. Flamingo Road. Agenda items include discussion of elementary and secondary attendance zone boundaries for the 1997-98 school year. "I think this project is going to create a new gateway to Henderson," commissioner George Bochanis said. With the development planning to open larger than expected, he said, it will help to fuel growth along Lake Mead Drive. In other business, planners: •Approved a use permit, 6-1, and an architectural review, 7-0, for the Pebble Beach Resort hostel, at 1745 Athol Ave., in the Midway planning area. Bochanis cast the dissenting vote for the use permit. The hostel will offer travellers, typically students, a safe and {dTordable place to stay. T^e Henderson faciHty will house 80 beds within 3d rooms, with most rooms containing bathroom facilities. A dining room, recreation room, laundry facilities, gift shop, manager's office, library, chapel, meeting room, television room and outdoor recreation area will also be included in the facility. •Denied 6-1 a planned unit development and tentative map for the California State Automobile Association facility west of Marks Street and north of Warm Springs Road, in the Whitney Ranch planning area. Commissioner Colleen Bell cast the dissenting vote. The item caiue before planners after the City Council reversed an earlier denial by planners for a use permit for the facility. Assistant City Attorney Liza Conroy advised planners that they could interpret the planned unit development as pertaining to the facility's use. Since they did not approve the earlier use, planners determined the planned unit development was inappropriate. "I think that Council kind of put us in a funny spot here and I think that we need to vote on it and let them straighten it out," Vice Chairman Danny Sanders said. •Approved use permits and an architectural review for Whitney Ranch Village Shop, at the southeast comer of Whitney Ranch Drive and Russell Road, in the Whitney Ranch planning Dog fight leads to gunshot, minor injury to owner Nawe Staff Writer A fi|^t between two pit bulls around 8:10 a.m. Tuesday led to the fifttal injury of one dog and a dog-ewner sustaining minor inHeaderson PoHce Officers responded to an animal complaint at 1811 Oasis Circle and learned that an unrestrained dog came onto the property and attacked a dog that was restrained by a fence in the badiyard. Afler malting several attempts to stop the dogs from fitting and to protact his dog, the resident fired a .357 revolver from his badiyard. The one shot fatally wounded the unrestrained dog. "Die owner sustained several minor lacerations to his right forearm and hand. Tlie dog on the property suffered a jaw injury that may require future surgery. Henderson Animal Control has documented previous incidents of the same unrestrained dog coming on the property and attacking the dog at the residence. There were no charges filed at this time. The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with further information on this incident is requested to contact the Henderson Police Department Investigations Bureau, 5652009. area.^lTses for packaged BeefT wine and spirit-based products and gasoline sales for a proposed convenience store were approved. The item was tabled from earlier planning meetings to allow the applicant, HPS&V Operations, L.L.C. to address residents' concerns about traffic, access and proximity to area schools. •Approved a use permit and architectural review for the Lake Las Vegas Beach and Marina Club.^t 210 Grand Mediterra Blvd., in the Lake Las Vegas planning area. •Approved a rock-crusher at the Foothills2210 Pumping Station site at 735 N. Magic Way, located south of E. Lake Mead Drive at Magic Way, in the Foothills planning area. The crusher is needed to provide services for the construction of the South Valley Lateral water line, a Southern Nevada Water Authority project. The project, which will run across Henderson, will provide more efficient water services to the valley. All items handled by the Planning Commission will be forwarded to the City Council meeting Feb. 18. If you have a child, or know a child, who is starting fires, calj the Henderson Fire Department Investigation Division, 565-2300, or the Clark County Fire Department Investigation Division, 455-7311, for more information. Woman robbed in front of home Thursday night Sharon Jackson News Staff Writer' A woman was robbed in front of her home at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday. When Henderson Police Officers responded to the call at 294 Merrick Way, they found the victim who was left uninjured. She advised officers that upon returning from the grocery store, she observed a black male subject described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, 205pounds,bald with green eyes loitering in front of her and her neighbor's residence. Thesuspefctwas wearing black piants^and a striped shirt ._ The victim told officers that sTielexTtedTier vehicle with heV purse, unloaded groceries and began walking toward her residence when the suspect ran behind her, pushed her and stole her purse. The suspect then fled north on Merrick Way and east on Santiago. Officers attempted to locate the suspect in the area but he was not found. Anyone with further information on this incident is requested to contact the Henderson Police Department Investigations Bureau, 5652009. HOME —NEWS An Independent Newspaper Founded June 1, 1951 Henderson Home News (USPS 240000) Published every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 2 Commerce Center Dnve, Henderson. Nevada, by HBC Publications, Inc. Second class postage paid at Henderson. Nevada. POSTMASTER: Sendaddresschanges to: HENDERSON HOME NEWS 2 Commerce Center Driv* Henderson, NV 89014 Phone (702) 564-1881 CuMlomer complaint cll will be accepted from 7 to 10 am on Tueadayt and Thursdays. Missed papers will be distributed by noon. MIKE OCALLAGHAN Publisher CAROLYN O'CALLAGHAN Co-Publisher TIM O'CALLAGHAN General Manager PAUL SZYDELKO Managing Editor MARY COLLEEN MIELE Circulation Managar HBC PUBLICATIONS, INC. 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