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  • 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.

  • West closing in on its master plan

    A master plan to the West Las Vegas Schools district is expected to be ready soon, according to Superintendent Ruben Cordova.

  • HU expecting state cuts

    Highlands University President James Fries said last week that the school is anticipating a reduction of 1.7 percent to 3.3 percent in state funding in this legislative session.

    The state legislature convened in a 60-day session Tuesday.

  • 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.