Local News

  • Change to West project at issue

    Gary Gold, a West Las Vegas school board member, is calling for the hiring of a construction manager.

    His suggestion came last week while board members questioned Superintendent Jim Abreu about a change order for a drainage project at the high school.

  • Victim, cop say they're recovering

    The victim in the crash involving the on-duty police officer says he’s still in pain but is doing better.

    “I don’t know what will happen down the road,” Carl Montao said.

    He suffered injuries to his neck, back and right side of the ribs.

    Las Vegas police Officer Shawn Montoya was cited for failing to obey a stop sign while responding to an emergency Saturday morning. He struck the 1991 Buick Regal driven by Montao at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

    Both men were treated at the local hospital and later released.

  • Luna presidential hopeful fired

    Hans Kuss, one of Luna Community’s College’s presidential semifinalists, was fired as the school’s student services counselor this week, saying he was let go because of a false allegation of insubordination.

    Kuss, who started in February, said he received a letter delivered by a security guard Tuesday afternoon informing him that he was terminated. He cleared his office of his personal belongings Wednesday morning.

  • University planning for green future

    Highlands University is moving toward a greener future, officials said.

    Lawrence Trujillo, associate vice-president for finance and administration, said Highlands has set several goals to increase conservation of northern New Mexico’s resources.

  • DA's office donates computers

    More kids attending the after-school program at the city recreation center will have access to technology after District Attorney Richard Flores’ office donated five computers to the students after his office completed an upgrade to its system.

    Recreation director Mark Loera said about 25 students were registered.

    “The first hour they have to do homework. If they don’t have any homework from school, our after-school tutor, Betty Crespin, will give them an assignment.”

  • Missing Mandela bust is recovered

    A sculpture of Nelson Mandela went missing from its place of honor at the United World College, but has been safely returned, officials said.

    The former South African president and social activist is an honorary president of the United World College system. On Saturday, President Lisa Darling said she received an anonymous letter that the bust of Mandela had been hijacked. The bust was taken from the Rock Garden, a place where students and faculty go to meditate.

  • Luna finalist names may be released

    The committee conducting the search for a new president at Luna Community College may present its recommendations at a meeting Friday.

    Under state law, the committee must present at least five names to the Board of Trustees at least 21 days before the trustees make a decision.

    The committee had originally been told to present three names, but officials uncovered the state law requiring five.

  • Regional career fair to be held

    Dozens of schools, organizations and employers plan on taking part in the regional Transition Fair at West Las Vegas High School today. It is the fifth annual such event.

    The first two years, the fair was hosted by Highlands University. Robertson High School took its turn for the next two years, and West Las Vegas High School will oversee the event this year and next.

    Cathy Lucero, director of special education, is coordinating the fair and addressed the West Las Vegas school board last week to invite the members to attend.

  • Valley to launch water projects

    Two years ago, a number of communities in the Valley joined forces to get money for their water systems. Now, they’ll start seeing the results of their work.

    Today, El Valle Water Alliance is officially launching its efforts to improve its water infrastructure.

    As a quasi-governmental entity, the alliance received $1 million from the state Legislature. And it plans to spend most of the money on 12,000 feet of pipeline and wellhouse upgrades for El Ancon, Corruco and El Cerrito.

  • UWC seeks ideas to meet mission

    The United World College celebrated Founders Weekend as students, faculty and guests looked back to the local school’s founding 25 years ago.

    It was in October 1982 when Prince Charles, then president of the international board of UWC Colleges, and founder and honorary chairman Armand Hammer opened the doors of the refurbished historic hotel and monastery and the United World College of the American West joined the existing five schools around the world.