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  • Grad rate up at West, down at East

    The latest graduation figures released last week by the state Public Education Department contained good news for West Las Vegas High and not so good news for Robertson High.

    The four-year graduation rate for West Las Vegas High shot up 9.9 percent from the prior year while the rate at Robertson dropped by 5.6 percent.

    The PED’s latest numbers show that 81.8 percent of the students who began at West High as freshmen graduated four years later with the class of 2010. The graduation rate for West High’s class of 2009 had been 71.9 percent.

  • State agencies laying off workers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Nearly four dozen state workers, most of them in the Public Education Department, are losing their jobs next month because of layoffs as agencies deal with budget cuts.

    The State Personnel Board approved plans Friday to lay off 44 workers in the Education Department, the Economic Development Department, Regulation and Licensing Department, Commission on the Status of Women, State Land Office and Organic Commodity Commission. The job losses take effect July 1 with the start of the new budget year.

  • Fireworks banned in San Miguel County

    With the Fourth of July holiday just a few weeks away, San Miguel County officials issued a notice Thursday reminding the public that fireworks are banned in the county.

    “The drought conditions have persisted. The terrain is volatile. Any firework, or any spark can set off a disaster fire,” County Fire Chief Russell Pacheco said Friday.

    The fireworks are banned under the Level III fire restrictions imposed throughout the county in April. The county fireworks ban is not in force within the Las Vegas and Pecos municipal boundaries.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, June 14 — The building committee of the Las Vegas lodge of Elks announced at the regular meeting of the lodge last night that it had accepted the plans submitted by Architect E. W. Hart for the new club home. Drawings of the exterior of the building ... were presented for the inspection of the Elks... The building will be erected upon the lots at the corner of Ninth St. and Douglas Avenue, recently purchased by the lodge. The style is of the English manor house of the Tudor period...

  • Looking Ahead

    Flag Day event is Tuesday
    Woodmen of the World Lodge 2 in coordination with the city of Las Vegas and the VFW Post 1547 will host a Flag Day presentation at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Veterans Park on Mills Avenue. Everyone is invited to participate.

  • Weather - June 13, 2011

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 88. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 53.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 88. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 53.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 88. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 54.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:45 a.m. to 8:17 p.m.

  • FYI

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Shakeup at East schools

    Aylene Romero-Griego is out as as principal of Paul D. Henry Elementary. Same goes for Robertson High Principal Eddie King and Memorial Middle School Principal Manny Lucero, who learned this week that someone else had been chosen to head those schools.

    The administrative shakeup at the Las Vegas City Schools district was announced Tuesday evening by interim superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez.

  • Two city workers on paid leave

    Two city of Las Vegas employees have been placed on paid leave as a result of the May 18 trench collapse that left two men dead.

    City Attorney Dave Romero stressed that the paid leave isn’t disciplinary action.

  • Honoring Tijerina

    He led the June 5, 1967, raid on the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse in northern Rio Arriba County that garnered national and even international attention and helped put the land grant struggle on the map.

    On Wednesday, a frail Reies Lopez Tijerina was in the spotlight again, this time in Las Vegas where he discussed his brush with history 44 years ago and where he was celebrated for his contributions to the Chicano Movement during a series of events.