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  • Educators rally at Capitol against budget cuts

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — On the eve of a new legislative session, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and educational groups were on a collision course over budget cuts and tax increases.

    More than 300 educators, parents and children rallied at the Capitol on Monday against budget proposals by the governor and a legislative committee to reduce spending on schools and colleges. They called for tax increases to provide additional money for public education.

  • Freshman Academy criticized

    Parents expressed displeasure Thursday with the way Robertson High School’s Freshman Academy is being run.

    At a work session of the Las Vegas City Schools board, Matt and Martha Martinez and Katherine Duran told the board that substitute teachers were being used as long-term alternatives when teachers leave the district.

    The Martinezes accused the administration of taking assets from ninth-graders to give to upperclassmen.

  • Film with local roots

    Las Vegas has a strong history in films, from Red Dawn to Academy Award winner No County for Old Men. On Friday, however, local filmmaking took a dramatic turn.

    Paul Davids’ Film “Before We Say Goodbye” hit the big screen of Ilfeld Auditorium for several hundred people to enjoy.

    “Wonderful. I cried at the very end,” said Las Vegas resident Joseph Gonzales following his viewing of the film Friday afternoon. “It was so touching.”

    The nearly 90-minute film is based on Highlands University alumna Patricia Crespin’s “We are Hispanic American Women …OK?”

  • Cordova’s contract renewed

    West Las Vegas Schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova conducts business with a soft-spoken and dignified demeanor. And when the school board asked him why they should extend his contract, his reply was brief and to the point.

  • School board candidate forums set

    School board candidate forums are schedule to take place this Tuesday and Thursday in the West and East district facilities. Both forums are scheduled to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    On Tuesday, candidates for three open positions on West’s school board will face off at the high school.

    Running for office are Kenny Lujan, incumbent, and Henry Abeyta Sr. for Position 1; Gary Gold, incumbent, and Lorenzo Flores and Ambrose Castellano for Position 2; and Caroline Lopez, incumbent, and Marvin Martinez for Position 3.

    On Thursday, the East forum will be held at Memorial Middle School.

  • Rowe jogger killed by Amtrak train

    The Associated Press
    ROWE — New Mexico State Police say a woman jogger has been killed after being hit by an Amtrak train in the unincorporated community of Rowe.

    Police identify the victim as 18-year-old Amanda Byrne of Rowe.

    Witnesses told police that the woman was jogging on the tracks about 2 p.m. Friday and the train’s engineer made several attempts to alert her by sounding the horn. He then made an emergency attempt to stop the train before it fatally hit the victim.

  • Work delays deemed ‘intolerable’

    Highlands University Regent Jesus Lopez said it’s time to take off the gloves.

    At Wednesday’s regents meeting, Lopez threatened Albuquerque construction company MAKWA Builders with legal action to terminate construction of the new $20 million student center.

  • Girl, 3, killed in car crash

    A 3-year-old Las Vegas girl was killed Wednesday in a two-car collision on Interstate 25 between Pecos and Santa Fe.

    Raquel Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene after the car her mother was driving hit another car and rolled over several times, state police said. The girl was reportedly thrown from the vehicle during the rollovers.

  • Edible Donation

    Budget cuts have been a main topic in the state for several months, with very real consequences for various organizations — like senior centers. Fortunately, for the area senior centers a merger of companies brought them some much needed supplies.

    Last week, Teresa Lopez, of the Las Vegas Senior Citizens Center Center helped unload hundreds of boxes donated to the area’s centers. The boxes were divided for centers in Las Vegas, Pecos, Ribera and Mora.

  • County compiles wish list for funds

    In its first meeting of 2011, the new-look San Miguel County Commission signed off on its wish list for the upcoming state legislative session, and the finishing touches of courthouse renovation are atop that list.