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  • West leader calls for unity

    West Las Vegas school board President Christine Ludi has asked her colleagues to put their personal differences aside for the benefit of the district’s students.

    “We all know that there is a division within this board. We have differences of opinion, different ideas and different outlooks on how the district is supposed to be run,” she told the board at a recent meeting.

    “But I hope we have one thing in common — the education of our children, which is the most important thing and the reason we are all here,” Ludi said.

  • Longtime watchdog running for council

    A local businessman and activist is the second candidate to enter the race for the Ward 4 seat on the City Council.

    David Romero of Ro-mero’s Automotive, Tire and Muffler Center said he would run in the March 2 election. The other candidate is Mike Roybal, son of the current Ward 4 councilman, Cruz Roybal, who isn’t running for another term.

  • Highlands student center in the works

    Highlands University officials say plans for a new student center are moving forward.

    But at least one resident in a nearby historic neighborhood promises to oppose the school’s purchase of Eighth Street lots for a parking lot.

    The university plans to go out to bid for the new student center early next year, with construction slated to start in the spring. Construction is expected to last 18 months, with completion sometime in 2011.

  • Report gives East praise, criticism

    Compared to other school districts, the Las Vegas City Schools fared relatively well in a recent state report.

    The Legislative Finance Committee has evaluated the City Schools, West Las Vegas, Bernalillo, Bloomfield and Aztec.

    The team of evaluators told the City Schools that the district did pretty well overall, but needed to look at a financial plan, compensation packages and student performance.

  • Villanueva couple wins $50,000

    Frank and Martha Gutierrez of Villanueva have won $50,000 through the New Mexico Lottery.

    Before turning in late the night of Dec. 20, the road-weary couple decided to play two New Mexico Lottery Scratchers purchased earlier in the evening while on their way home from Albuquerque. They found that they won a $50,000 prize.

    “I woke up every hour wondering, ‘What if this isn’t true?’” Martha Gutierrez recalled for lottery officials in Albuquerque.

    Frank Gutierrez was also in disbelief.

  • Las Vegas city attorney resigns

    Las Vegas’ interim city attorney, Carlos Quinones, will resign Jan. 1 after more than a year and a half with the city, officials announced this week.

    Two City Council members said Quiñones’ departure was long overdue, while other officials praised the attorney’s service.

  • Councilman's son announces run

    Las Vegas resident Mike Roybal plans to run for the City Council seat held by his father, Cruz Roybal.

    Roybal, a longtime councilman from Ward 4, won’t be running for another term, his son said.

    “We want to have the council work together. We need to go in there as professionals and do what is best for the community,” Roybal said.

  • Luna board looks at sexual harassment, personnel policies

    Luna Community College has been looking at its policies involving sexual harassment and personnel.

    The college’s staff has proposed a number of changes to existing policies, and the Board of Trustees has been reviewing them.

    Under the proposed changes, all employees would be required to report any sexual harassment they see around the workplace. In the past, the college has found that employees may have witnessed harassment but never reported it, said Lawrence Quintana, Luna’s human resources director.

  • KFUN planning development

    The owners of KFUN radio station have plans for a major development on their land.

    Last week, the City Council unanimously ap-proved zoning changes to help make Joseph and Loretta Baca’s plans a reality.

    They hope for a 50-room hotel, a restaurant, a convenience store, a visitors center and a gated community that will include single-family housing and assisted living developments.

    The Bacas have dreamed about a development for a long time on KFUN Hill. They were helped along when Joseph Baca won a $1 million Powerball ticket in 2008.

  • Lujan visits Vegas, talks about economic issues

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., was in Las Vegas Sunday to participate in a Christmas gift distribution at the Plaza Hotel, followed by a discussion on job creation and economic development at Kennedy Hall.

    Lujan thanked Plaza’s Troy Denison, Las Vegas Motorcycle Rally members and Big Brothers-Big Sisters for their contributions to the children of Las Vegas as they handed out more than $3,600 in gifts to kids. The money came from the auction of Christmas trees.