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  • $1.2M phone system forgotten

    The West Las Vegas School District in 2009 spent $1.2 million for a new telephone system and to have it installed, but it never received what it paid for.

    And school district officials didn’t even realize it until recently. It actually took a consultant to figure out that the system the district paid for was never installed.

  • The gift of music - New program aids East musicians

    Las Vegas City Schools has launched a program aimed at helping students experience the world of music.

    The SMILE program — which stands for student musical instrument loan exchange — was initiated this year to provide students with musical instruments to use during their school years.

  • Aragon elected chief judge

    Six years after becoming a district judge Abigail Aragon is taking over as chief judge of the 4th Judicial District.

    Aragon begins her three-year term today, outgoing Chief Judge Matthew Sandoval announced last week. Sandoval said he, Aragon and Judge Eugenio Mathis had previously reached a consensus that the chief judge post would be rotated.

    “I personally think she’s going to be a good chief judge,” Sandoval said.

  • Graduation at risk for many students

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — More than 40 percent of New Mexico’s high school seniors still need to pass the state’s exit exam if they are to earn their diplomas without jumping through additional hoops.

    About 10,000 students statewide failed the test when they took it as juniors, a number The Albuquerque Journal reports amounts to a 43 percent failure rate. They’ll have a second chance to take the assessment exam in October.

  • Mora fallout
  • Armstrong’s small step a giant leap for humanity

    By Seth Borenstein
    AP Science Writer

    WASHINGTON — When man first harnessed fire, no one recorded it. When the Wright Brothers showed man could fly, only a handful of people witnessed it. But when Neil Armstrong took that first small step on the moon in July 1969, an entire globe watched in grainy black-and-white from a quarter million miles away

    We saw it. We were part of it. He took that “giant leap for mankind” for us.

  • Looking Back - August 27, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Aug. 27 — A fire department school was held Thursday and Friday evenings in the Las Vegas Department. Disposal of explosives was the subject studied. Conventional and nuclear hazards were presented in regard to explosives. Twenty-three members of the East Las Vegas Fire Department,  E. Romero Hose and Fire Company, Sheriff's Office and City Police attended the classes.

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 27, 2012

    Art exhibit runs through Sept. 28

    An exhibit of paintings by Martin Montoya is on display until Sept. 28 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ray Drew Gallery. For more information, contact Bob Read at 454-3338.

  • Weather - August 27, 2012

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5-10 mph in the morning. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable in the evening.

    Tuesday

  • Suspension outrages parents

    MORA — Seventh-grader Danielle Wolf was excited to return to school because it meant beginning her second year in the mariachi class that she loves.

    But that was before Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia suspended music teacher Joaquin Maestas-Manuel without pay for six weeks, a move that has outraged parents.

    Instead of learning new songs in her music class as she had anticipated, Wolf said she and her classmates have been watching a tape that a student brought in.