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  • Honored for Service

    This month’s East Las Vegas school board election featured a replacement of faces, with two longstanding members opting not to seek re-election and one who unsuccessfully ran for another term.

    Tuesday’s regular meeting featured the current members taking care of loose ends. The existing board — Gabriel Lucero, Patrick Romero, Elaine Luna, Phillip Vigil and Ramon “Swoops” Montaño — remained in their places to deliver their swan songs.

  • Speeding truck slams into city patrol car

    A Las Vegas patrol car was rammed from behind Tuesday night on Railroad Avenue, slightly injuring both the police officer on patrol and the driver of the other vehicle, police said.

    The incident happened at about 10:24 p.m. Officer Alan Pacheco was on patrol on 700 block of Railroad, travelling north, when he was struck from behind by a Ford F-350 truck driven by Leonard R. Montoya, 44, of 1003 Tilden in Las Vegas.

  • 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.