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  • LV man charged with raping girl

    A Las Vegas man was arrested Friday for allegedly raping a little girl repeatedly, beginning when she was 9 years old.

  • Enchantment files bankruptcy

    Las Vegas’ only remaining car dealership franchise has filed for bankruptcy and closed. And whether it will reopen as Scheid’s Enchantment remains to be seen, its owner said Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, most of the vehicles were removed from the lot on Wednesday afternoon.

    Scheid Automotive Group Inc. filed for Chapter 11 reorganization on Nov. 4, 2010. Owner Bill Scheid said last week that he was only able to make part of his payroll last week and now only has a skeleton crew at work.

  • Above and Beyond: Coca has given years service to area schools

    Sandra Coca has devoted 40 years to the education of children in northern New Mexico.

    Coca, a Montezuma resident for about 18 years, started her educational career as a teacher in 1971. Today, she continues to be actively involved in the educational system for area students.

    The Colorado native wasn’t planning on going into education after high school — until she was inspired by a favorite teacher.

  • West-side candidates face off

    As candidates for the West Las Vegas Schools Board of Education made their appeals to voters in a Tuesday night forum, they fielded questions on everything from the dropout problem to acequia water rights for the school district to the ever-present idea of consolidation.

  • Tax levy to be on East’s ballot

    Besides voting for the candidate of their choice, east-side voters will decide whether to keep a two-mill levy that officials say is crucial to fostering a successful environment for learning.

    The two mills equals $2 per $1,000 of net taxable property value.

    Las Vegas City Schools Interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said without money generated from the two-mill levy, some building improvements would suffer.

    Plus, she said the district may be required to use operational funds instead.

  • Woman pleads guilty to felony thefts

    A Mora County woman has pleaded guilty to six felony counts after admitting to a series of thefts at her place of employment.

    Antoinette Sanchez, 34, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud and three counts of embezzlement, all third-degree felonies, according to a news release from District Attorney Richard Flores. She was sentenced to five years probation, he stated.

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  • Highlands has closed print shop

    The print shop at Highlands University has closed.

    Highlands President Jim Fries told the Board of Regents at its regular meeting last week that recent efforts to turn the operations around have been unsuccessful.

    “We have been running the print shop here on campus as an auxiliary enterprise, and we’ve been losing money. We have spent significant time over the last couple of months working with the print shop trying to make some changes that would turn that around. That was not successful,” Fries said.

  • Water quality study completed in Mora

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A group of Mora County residents opposed to natural gas drilling has completed a baseline water quality study of domestic wells, saying the data will help track possible contamination from fluids used in natural gas drilling and production.

    A leader of the group, Kathleen Dudley, said it provides a defensible set of documents to demonstrate there are no drilling-related chemicals in area wells.

  • Governor battles tax hikes as lawmakers return to work

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Legislature convenes Tuesday with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez already battling with educational groups over budget cuts and tax increases.

    Martinez planned to reiterate her opposition to tax increases during her first State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate.