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  • East-side forum draws crowd

    Fiscal concerns top the list of issues facing the Las Vegas City Schools, say several candidates for that district’s school board.

    Nine hopefuls — three for each of three positions — participated in a public forum Thursday at Memorial Middle School’s auditorium. The forum, conducted by Community Committee for Better Schools and the Las Vegas Optic, drew more than 125 spectators on a chilly evening.

    School board elections on both sides of town will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1.

  • Students to meet candidates

    A group of students at Robertson High School decided that they need to meet the candidates for this year’s three open school board positions, so they took matters into their own hands.

    The result is another candidate forum — this one at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Robertson’s media room in the library.

    Seniors Aaron Padilla, Wesley Cole and Lexus Jaramillo, of the school’s Key Club, have been the movers and shakers behind the effort to organize the forum.

  • Gubernatorial reading
  • Powell freezes land exchanges

    From AP and staff reports

    State Land Commissioner Ray Powell has ordered an immediate moratorium on land exchanges.

    In making the announcement last week, Powell said three proposed land exchanges in the White Peak area of Mora and Colfax counties will not go forward.

    The action is part of an overall review of policies at the State Land Office.

  • LV man charged with raping girl

    A Las Vegas man was arrested Friday for allegedly raping a little girl repeatedly, beginning when she was 9 years old.

  • Enchantment files bankruptcy

    Las Vegas’ only remaining car dealership franchise has filed for bankruptcy and closed. And whether it will reopen as Scheid’s Enchantment remains to be seen, its owner said Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, most of the vehicles were removed from the lot on Wednesday afternoon.

    Scheid Automotive Group Inc. filed for Chapter 11 reorganization on Nov. 4, 2010. Owner Bill Scheid said last week that he was only able to make part of his payroll last week and now only has a skeleton crew at work.

  • Above and Beyond: Coca has given years service to area schools

    Sandra Coca has devoted 40 years to the education of children in northern New Mexico.

    Coca, a Montezuma resident for about 18 years, started her educational career as a teacher in 1971. Today, she continues to be actively involved in the educational system for area students.

    The Colorado native wasn’t planning on going into education after high school — until she was inspired by a favorite teacher.

  • West-side candidates face off

    As candidates for the West Las Vegas Schools Board of Education made their appeals to voters in a Tuesday night forum, they fielded questions on everything from the dropout problem to acequia water rights for the school district to the ever-present idea of consolidation.

  • Tax levy to be on East’s ballot

    Besides voting for the candidate of their choice, east-side voters will decide whether to keep a two-mill levy that officials say is crucial to fostering a successful environment for learning.

    The two mills equals $2 per $1,000 of net taxable property value.

    Las Vegas City Schools Interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said without money generated from the two-mill levy, some building improvements would suffer.

    Plus, she said the district may be required to use operational funds instead.

  • 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.