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  • 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.

  • 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?”