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January 14, 2013
Polar bear plunge

returns in February Those brave enough to bear the freezing water of the Henderson Multigenerational Activity Pool are invited to take part in the city of Henderson's second annual Polar Bear Plunge, Feb. 9.

"We had 70 brave people take part in last year's inaugural event and are expecting a strong turnout again in 2013," said Mayor Andy Hafen.

"The water is very chilly in February, so…it will be a memorable experience."

The event also includes warm winter treats, activities and a bounce house. Admission is $5 per person, including those wishing to spectate.

The center is located at 250 S. Green Valley Parkway.

Police Citizens Academy accepting applications

The Henderson Police Department is accepting applications for its upcoming Citizen Police Academy. Classes meet each Tuesday to educate citizens and provide a unique insight into the various functions of the police department.

During the academy, topics discussed include community policing, use of force, gang enforcement, detention center operations, communications, SWAT, conducting criminal investigations and other law enforcement related topics.

The 13 week program begins Feb. 5 until May 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is open to all Henderson residents 18 years and older. Applications can be picked up at selected police stations or downloaded online. Application deadline is Jan. 21.

No injuries from bedroom fire

A fire in the car port and bedroom of a single family home resulted in no injuries, according to Timothy McKeever of the Henderson Fire Department.

Residents of the home near Boulder Highway and Barrett Street smelled smoke and called 9-1-1 just after 10 a.m. on Jan. 6.

The first HFD unit arrived to find a fully involved car port and bedroom fire of a single family residence. The fire was spreading so as to even threaten the house next door.

Fire crews quickly knocked down the main body of the fire and advanced inside. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $15,000.

Summer job program applications now available

Applications for Clark County's 2013 Summer Business Institute (SBI) – a summer job program for current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors – is now available online.

"(The program) gives our best students valuable workplace experience," said Commissioner Lawrence Weekly.

"The many local businesses and organizations that participate in SBI make this program a great success year after year."

Students must submit their application and all accompanying documents by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, to be considered for the program.

This is the 17th year Clark County has sponsored the SBI program, which provides selected teenagers employment opportunities in a variety of fields.

Neon Museum offers pricy 'thanks' for 2103 HS grads

The Neon Museum is offering photography specials exclusively for Las Vegas graduates throughout January.

The event is billed as a 'thank you' to the Southern Nevada community, a gesture of gratitude that charges a $150 location fee for a 30 minute session, representing a 25 percent savings from standard rates.

Local couples will be given the same opportunity for Valentine's Day or engagement shoots in February.

The Neon Museum is home to a collection of more than 150 neon signs dating from the 1930s, spread over two acres known as 'the boneyard'.

County vehicle death rate rises

Clark County saw a 45 percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2012. Around 265 people (final numbers are not in) died on Nevada roadways last year, which represents a seven percent increase from 2011, but an appreciable decrease from recent years.

Around 168 people have died from vehicular accidents in Clark County in 2012, compared to 114 a year ago.

According to police officials, reasons for the increase are difficult to pinpoint, as multiple factors were involved in the accidents -- from pedestrian error, speeding, DUI, as well as improper and reckless driving. With the exception of this county, vehicle deaths were below 2011 levels statewide.

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