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  • Mentor of the Month: Building better bodies

    Never one to shy away from a big challenge, Edmund Ekeoha of Las Vegas — a prime example of what he’s hoping to accomplish — has begun a venture to improve people’s appearance, but more importantly, to improve their health.

    “Age doesn’t matter. I like to work with different people looking to getting in shape,” he said.

  • Screening committee appointed

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has taken another step toward hiring a new superintendent — by selecting people to assist in the search.

    They also released a list of those who have applied for the position. Many are familiar to Las Vegas residents, some are not.      

  • Las Vegas’ Fiestas committee taking shape

    The city is still seeking volunteers to help put together this year’s summertime fiestas, with a first round of appointments to be made at this week’s council meeting.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is expected to name several people who have volunteered to help organize the fiestas to specific committees. The event was taken over by the city in October after a number of controversies involving the nonprofit Las Vegas Fiesta Council.

  • 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.