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  • East district returning to 5-day week

    Students in the Las Vegas City Schools district will be facing a major change when they return to school next month.

    During a board meeting on Thursday, the East school board voted unanimously to return to the five-day school week, despite superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s recommendation that schools remain on a four-day schedule.

    In a split vote last June, the district switched to a four-day school week citing budgetary needs and mandatory professional development for teachers.

  • Pecos area prepares for flooding

    The Associated Press

    PECOS — Forecasters are calling for more thunderstorms to settle in over the burned mountainsides of New Mexico, prompting some communities to brace for flash flooding.

    The chance of storms dumping more moisture on the areas left bare by a series of recent wildfires is better than 60 percent. This risk is highest today, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

  • Mixed results for area schools

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    About 70 percent of New Mexico’s public schools improved or maintained their letter grade that rates their performance this year, and more than a third received an A or B, state officials announced Thursday.

  • Looking Back - July 15, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 15, 2013

    Municipal Court closed Wednesday-Friday
    Las Vegas Municipal Court will be closed from Wednesday through Friday so that court staff can attend a judicial conference. Court will reopen Monday, July 22.

  • Weather - July 15, 2013

    Monday
    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 69. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Cloudy, with a low around 50. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

    Tuesday

  • Stonewalling hindering probe

    It’s been nearly two months since staff at students at Robertson High discovered toilets filled with dog food, floors covered with syrup and flour and graffiti on the walls, but the perpetrators have yet to face any consequences.

    According to a June 29 police report, state police have hit a brick wall in the case due to uncooperative witnesses and are considering it closed for now.  

  • On the front lines - Firefighter earns elite honor

    Leonard Lucero is no stranger to danger. As a wildland firefighter, Lucero is frequently in dangerous situations, but he does it to help others.

    Lucero, a Las Vegas native, has fought numerous fires since joining the force on March 15, 1988. So it’s no surprise that the recent tragedy in Arizona struck home. Nineteen firefighters were killed on June 30 when they became trapped within the Yarnell Hill Fire.

  • Magistrate accused of wrongdoing

    The state Judicial Standards Commission has filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking that Mora Magistrate John Sanchez be suspended and face other sanctions after it found that he engaged in ex-parte communications with the family member of a DWI defendant.

  • Friction at Luna ‘hurting morale’

    Officials at Luna Community College agree that morale is bad at the school and that good employees are fleeing.

    During Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting, the announcement that Susan Grohman resigned late last week as director of the Health Sciences Department and that Conni Reichert had been named interim director prompted much consternation and finger pointing.

    “Why is there so much turnover?” board member Ernie Chavez asked pointedly. “I feel concerned because a lot of good people are leaving us.”