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  • East struggles with budget

    The Las Vegas City Schools district is experiencing rising energy bills that are the rule and not the exception for school districts around the country.

    These are bills that are adding to the red ink, mounting to the tune of $500,000, an official said.

    Las Vegas City Schools business manager Myrna Garcia said the bill for natural gas in April at one school site was more than $12,000. The average monthly cost for gas district-wide was about $25,000, she said.

  • Ex-official recognized

    Barbara Ann Perea Casey, a former local school administrator, recently won the top award from the New Mexico branch of the American Association of University Women. The Grace Barker Award is the highest given by the organization.

    “I am very honored to have received this award because it summarizes what I have tried to do all my life — be a positive mentor and role model to young girls and women of all ages so that they know that they have worth and value, and that they can do whatever they want in their lives,” Casey said in a statement.

  • Message sent against underage drinking

    Regular customers of Allsup’s convenience store at Grand Avenue and Alamo Street may have been understandably confused by all the commotion at the store last Thursday morning.

    After all, the small parking lot was jam-packed and a couple of dozen people stood in the aisles on one side of the store. They included dignitaries such as San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil, San Miguel County DWI Prevention Coordinator Wendy Armijo and a number of state officials. They were on hand for the start of a new anti-underage drinking program.

  • Mexican students to return home soon

    Mexican students at Highlands University will be returning home sooner than expected because officials expect the border to be closed in response to swine flu fears.

    “We are receiving information from the state Department of Public Health in terms of what they’re doing, and our health providers on campus are in direct contact with the state and will be following whatever guidelines that may be appropriate. So we are certainly monitoring the situation very carefully,” Highlands President Jim Fries said.

  • Vegas police find murder suspect

    Las Vegas police late Tuesday night apprehended a woman accused in the death of a local man.

    Bernadette Sanchez, 36, a former Watrous resident who was more recently homeless in Las Vegas, is charged in the stabbing to death Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36, of Las Vegas, police said.

    On Tuesday night, Las Vegas police received a call of an intoxicated woman down at Lopez and Rio Arriba streets, Police Chief Gary Gold said. The woman was identified as Sanchez, who was taken to the hospital and then expected to be taken to the county jail.

  • Highlands planning for student center

    Highlands University took formal action to erect a new student center, and officials say they’ll seek student input.

    Last week, Highlands University hosted a community meeting to get public input on preliminary concepts for updating the campus master plan as well as building the new student center.

    “It’s a delight to have you here, whether you’re from the college community or the community at large. What we have to talk about this evening has long-term significance for all of us,” President Jim Fries told the large audience.

  • City seeking home rule

    The city of Las Vegas is looking for a few good Republicans. Or independents or Greens.

    That’s because members of the City Council want to re-create its Charter Commission, which was formed a couple of months ago to make changes to the 39-year-old city charter, Las Vegas’ founding document. The city wants the commission to begin the process for Las Vegas’ home rule, and under state law, such a commission can’t have more than a simple majority of members of one political party.

  • 3 rapes reported in Vegas

    Three rapes have been reported in Las Vegas in recent days, but state police are giving few details about the alleged attacks.

    “There is no reason to believe they are linked together. Having three reported one right after another is strange in a town the size of Las Vegas,” state police Lt. Miguel Aguilar said. “We haven’t identified who the suspects are.”

  • Three rapes reported

    Three rapes have been reported in Las Vegas in recent days, but state police are giving few details about the alleged attacks.

    "There is no reason to believe they are linked together. Having three reported one right after another is strange in a town the size of Las Vegas," state police Lt. Miguel Aguilar said. "We haven't identified who the suspects are."

  • Council OKs new utilities post

    The City Council last week approved a new position that officials said they hoped would improve customer service in the utilities department.

    The new position of customer service manager will pay $50,000 to $55,000 a year, but council members questioned how the city planned to cover the new salary.