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  • Gearing up for accreditation

    Interim Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez notified the school board last week of an upcoming North Central Association accreditation inspection — emphasizing its importance.

    “Accreditation ensures that a Robertson High School diploma meets a standard of excellence that is recognized at universities throughout the nation and worldwide, and help our students qualify for a myriad of scholarship opportunities,” McNellis-Martinez said.  

  • Mentor of the Month: Rock Ulibarri

    Thomas Jefferson once said, “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

    Rock Ulibarri appears to be an avatar of Jefferson’s dictum. His words, as well as his actions denote his “stand and deliver” approach regarding convictions he holds about society, especially how children can be validated via educational practices.

  • Fashion show touts ‘Army’ accessories

    Reuse, renew, recycle was the message at Sunday’s fashion show.

    This fashion show had a special twist though — the attire was from the Salvation Army, a thrift store on Douglas Avenue.

    “I was so excited for the show to start and now I am still as excited,” Anne Bradford said after the show. Bradford and Judee Williams had a vision several years ago to produce this off the normal fashion show.

    Bradford said, “the show was possibly the first type of show in New Mexico. This is a great way for people to recycle.”

  • Refurbished pool facility to open

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University’s renovated natatorium opens with a splash 5 to 8 p.m. Friday when the campus and community can get a look at the pool, and take a dip.

    The university’s Office of Campus Life is hosting the grand opening, which includes light refreshments and music.

    The swimming pool facility is at the northwest corner of Baca Avenue and 11th Street, west of Perkins Stadium and the field house.

  • Woman charged with assault, battery

    A Pecos woman was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a household member following an incident after the Super Bowl.

    Lenal G. Friday, 32, was charged after state police responded to a domestic violence call on Sunday night, Feb. 6, at Pecos. The alleged victim said Friday had gotten angry about how he won $100 off the Super Bowl and wouldn’t let her have any of the money, then took a beer bottle and hit him in the mouth. She then allegedly tried to make it look as if he attacked her, so he would have to go to jail.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 16, 2010

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • East’s screeners given authority

    The Las Vegas City Schools superintendent screening committee will do most of the heavy lifting as the district looks for a new leader.

    At the first joint meeting of the screening committee and incoming and outgoing school board members, it was decided that the board would take a hands-off approach, giving the committee full autonomy in narrowing down the list of applicants. As a result, no school board members will sit on the superintendent search committee.

    Of course, the final selection remains in the hands of the school board itself.

  • Valentines Forever

    Two Las Vegas couples have love stories that have developed over decades.

    Eddie and Viola Quintana have been married for nearly 52 years, while Mauricio and Mary Pacheco will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in April.

    Each of their stories differ, but there is one element in common — love. Their love for their partner has made each of their marriages survive for decades.

  • Trujillo dies, remembered for his gifts

    As an athlete, as a teacher, and as a coach, Fabian Trujillo gave generously of himself in life.

    So it is fitting that he continues to give of himself even in death.

    Trujillo, 50, had agreed to be an organ donor, and that decision was one more gift to his fellow man.

    Trujillo died Thursday afternoon in Santa Fe as the result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident two days earlier on Interstate 25 near Las Vegas.

    Funeral arrangements were pending as of Sunday, a representative of the family told the Optic.

  • Concert for amantes

    The inclement weather did not appear to have dampened the spirits of a capacity crowd at Highlands’ Ilfeld Auditorium on Saturday evening.

    Billed as NMHU Winterfest — A Mariachi Valentine’s Concert, the performance featured Baila Baila, Mariachi Buenaventura and seven-time Hispano Music Awards nominee Reynaldo Maestas.