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  • Top Luna official leaves in a hurry

    A top official at Luna Community College has left her post, giving her letter of resignation about a week before her departure.

    Mary Medina, vice president of students services and planning and the school’s athletic director, submitted her letter of resignation April 16, according to a statement from Jesse Gallegos, the school’s spokesman.

    Gallegos said Medina’s letter stated that her last day of employment would be April 30. But she left her job late last week and is not expected back.

  • Sports saved -- for now

    Last month, the Highlands University Board of Regents was ready to drop the school’s rodeo and wrestling programs. In a last-minute attempt to save the two sports, the board turned to state Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose, for help.

    At Wednesday’s board meeting, supporters of the programs were able to breathe a sigh of relief after board Chairman Leveo Sanchez announced that rodeo and wrestling will be around for at least another year.  

  • Sheriff planning for Tasers

    San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil says he doesn’t need the County Commission’s permission to use Tasers.

    He announced last week that his department will start carrying the electroshock weapon in early June.

    That took county officials by surprise.

    Previously, the commission had taken up the issue of whether the sheriff should be allowed to carry Tasers. At one point, county officials asked Vigil to come up with a policy.

  • Magistrate judge candidates answer questions

    The candidates for magistrate judge appeared to agree on most issues during a forum last week at Highlands University.

    On the June 1 primary ballot for Division 1 magistrate judge are incumbent Philip Romero, and challengers Ruth Trujillo, a Democrat, and Daniel Holguin Sr., a Republican. Division 2 Magistrate Judge Chris Najar is running unopposed.

    QUESTION: What factors into a decision to send a suspected DWI offender to jail? 

  • East leader's contract extended

    The Las Vegas City Schools board extended Superintendent Rick Romero’s contract by two years. His pay stays the same.

    Only one member voted against the extension, but even he said he approved of the official’s performance.

  • Council divided on boxing issue

    A local business requested money from the city to help with the promotion of a boxing event. It didn’t get all that it wanted.

    Crespin’s Boxing requested $2,500 for an event, which happened Saturday in Las Vegas. But the city staff recommended against approving the application because of “funding constraints.”

  • Sheriff hopefuls debate Tasers

    Three Democratic candidates for San Miguel County sheriff said the Sheriff’s Department should be able to use Tasers, which are electroshock weapons.

    Another said it’s too early because the department is still an inmate transport agency, not a law enforcement one. Still another said he’s opposed to the weapon entirely, to which an independent candidate agreed.

    Candidates for sheriff and magistrate judge took questions during a forum on Thursday sponsored by the Highlands University Graduate Student Senate.

  • Man convicted of trafficking cocaine

    A Las Vegas man has been convicted of trafficking cocaine and will be serving two years behind bars, officials said.

    Delfino “Delfy” Salazar, 54, was recently sentenced to two years in prison, followed by two years of probation and parole, District Attorney Richard Flores said. If Salazar is caught trafficking drugs again, prosecutors could use the first conviction to justify charging him with a first-degree felony, Flores said.

  • Alamo Street project resumes

    A contractor has resumed the Alamo Street project, which is slated to be finished by month’s end.

    That’s likely to be a relief to residents on Alamo, who have complained about the muddy street during the worst of winter. It took residents four-wheel drives at times to get to their houses.

    The contractor, Sangre de Cristo Gravel, said it tried its best to keep the road as navigable as possible.

    In mid-December, the city suspended the paving project on Alamo from McRae to South Pacific streets because of the onset of winter.

  • Famous scientist visits Las Vegas

    Ushered into the United World College auditorium by youngsters wielding a huge cloth “Peace Dove,” London-born Jane Goodall, world-renowned ethologist  and primatologist, was greeted with a standing ovation by the overflow crowd.

    Goodall immediately charmed the group with her own greeting — the rising cadence of  “OO-OO-OO-OO-OO” — recognizable as the sound of chimpanzee salutation.