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  • Political parties to meet

    The two local political parties are planning meetings for Saturday.

    The San Miguel County Democratic Party will hold its convention at 2 p.m. Saturday at West Las Vegas Middle School, while the Republicans will meet at 10 a.m. at Spic and Span restaurant.

  • Little League coach upset with city’s dumping of snow

    Michael Romero coaches a team that practices on a baseball field behind his shop on South Commerce Street.

    But he says the kids may not be able to practice on the city-owned land for at least a week.

    That’s because the city dumped a lot of snow on the baseball field, which will make the field too muddy to play on for awhile, said Romero, owner of Michael’s Precision Automotive. Romero said the city could have dumped the snow on other portions of the tract of city land without affecting the baseball field.

  • Loehr called Aragon ‘faux friend of poor’

    The Catholic archbishop and top New Mexico politicians asked a federal judge for leniency in sentencing longtime state Senate leader Manny Aragon.

    Former Highlands University Regent John Loehr, however, urged just the opposite for Aragon, who is a former Highlands president.

  • Land grant prevails at federal level

    A family trying to get a portion of the Tecolote Land Grant has suffered another defeat.

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a state Supreme Court decision to dismiss the Montoya family’s lawsuit against the land grant.

    The family originally sought to reassign ownership of nearly 20,0000 acres of the Tecolote land grant, but state courts rejected that claim in 2007.

  • City ends lease after scrutiny

    The city of Las Vegas has terminated a grazing lease with a high-ranking city utilities employee after the deal came under scrutiny.

    For months, Frank Davis, who lives in the Gallinas area, has criticized the city’s agreement to lease the land to Melvin Ortega, the city’s natural gas supervisor. He questioned why a city employee got the lease, saying he and others didn’t get a fair opportunity to bid on it.  

  • Head Start may set up on east side

    West Las Vegas Head Start director Joseph Griego said he has been listening to pleas from parents on the other side of the river asking to bring classrooms closer to home.

    The East and West school districts are working to do just that, he said.

    “Each year I have to do a community and program assessment, which is a report on what our community and parents are telling us are their needs from Head Start,” Griego said.

  • Fries still looking at SF school

    Highlands University President Jim Fries has been named to a state task force that will look for ways to save the foundering College of Santa Fe.

    He was appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson. Highlands attempted to take over the Santa Fe school, but the state Legislature didn’t approve funding for that to happen.

  • Highlands braces for more cuts

    Highlands University isn’t escaping the state’s budget ax.

    Highlands President Jim Fries told the Board or Regents Wednesday about how the university will be affected by a number of decisions stemming from the recently ended 60-day session of the state Legislature.

    For the 2009 fiscal year, which started July 1, Highlands and other higher education institutions had about a 2.5 percent reduction, Fries said.  

  • Sewer line repairs planned

    The city of Las Vegas Wastewater Department has rescheduled a main sewer line repair for Tuesday, March 31, at the south side of the intersection of 12th Street and National Avenue.

    Twelfth Street will be closed going south from National Avenue starting at 8 a.m. until work is completed. Traffic coming north from Douglas Avenue will be detoured through Diamond Street. The repairs were originally scheduled for Friday, March 27, but were rescheduled due to weather conditions.

     

  • Suspect accused in kicking spree with cops

    A Las Vegas man stopped for drunken driving drew many more charges after going on a kicking spree and fighting with an officer, state police said.

    Theodore B. Trujillo, 22, 2710 Seventh St., Space 35, was charged with assault by a prisoner, aggravated battery upon a police officer, resisting officers, two counts of criminal damage and driving while intoxicated.