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  • Highlands may face budget cuts

    Highlands University officials are bracing for possible budget cuts because of an expected shortfall in revenue at the state level.

    President James Fries told the Board of Regents recently that a decline in state revenue will continue to be an issue for everyone in state government — including institutions of higher education.

    “It’s clear that the state’s revenues are not going to be as high as the projections that were used to create the current budget,” he said.

  • Brothers arrested in couple's 2007 deaths

    Two brothers have been arrested for the 2007 murder of a Las Vegas couple.

    Michael Vigal, 21, and JoeBary Vigal, 18, were taken into custody Monday night for the killing of Stephanie Dimas and Damian Lucero-Ortiz. The brothers were charged with homicide, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

  • Homecoming parade

    The West homecoming parade today will begin at 1 p.m. heading west on National to the Plaza, around Plaza Park and east on Bridge to 12th Street, south on 12th to Douglas, east on Douglas to Sixth, and north on Sixth to the Carnegie Library.

  • Police charge man with arson

    A Las Vegas man was arrested last week for attempting to set fire to a residence after an officer responded to a call at 503 S. Pacific and found several beer cans on fire outside the residence.

    Anthony R. Gonzales, 47, of 500 Mountain View No. 2 is charged with arson, negligent arson and attempt to commit a felony and being held on a $50,000 cash bond. Las Vegas Police Officers Michael E. Lopez made the arrest Sept. 8.

  • Patrick Swayze remembered

    While Hollywood memorializes Patrick Swayze as one of the key pop culture figures in recent history, a number of Las Vegans are recalling their own encounters with the late actor and part-time local.

    Swayze, 57, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday. Since revealing the diagnosis in early 2008, Swayze and wife Lisa Niemi had publicly vowed to fight on against a disease that typically kills within months.

  • Highlands buying two nearby properties

    Highlands University is buying property.

    During a special meeting last week the Board of Regents approved the purchase of two properties bordering campus grounds. President Jim Fries said one might be used for a coffee house where students can socialize and relax.

    Fries said the house at 1004 Mora Ave. — which university officials affectionately call “The Little Green House” — is surrounded by the new residence hall.   

  • West's enrollment up slightly

    West Las Vegas schools have 37 more students than they did last year, according to Superintendent Jim Abreu.

    It’s a different story on the east side, where a 127-student decline was recently reported.

    At a West School Board meeting last week, Abreu was pleased to report the increase, but board member Kenny Lujan asked for the matter to be tabled until the next regular meeting — “because I would like to see it (increased numbers) by classrooms,” Lujan said.

  • Gonzales to lead state Democrats

    The state Democratic Party’s central committee has elected a former Highlands regents to be the party’s state chairman.

    Javier Gonzales, a member of the New Mexico State Board of Regents a former Santa Fe County commissioner and ex-chairman of the Highlands Board of Regents, was elected on a voice vote Saturday at Isleta Pueblo.

    Gonzales replaces outgoing chairman Brian Colon, who resigned Aug. 8 to run for lieutenant governor.

    Gonzales will serve the remainder of Colon’s term, which expires in April 2011.

  • West's homecoming week schedule

    This week is homecoming for West Las Vegas schools. This year’s theme is “Transformers: Rise of the Dons.” Upcoming events include:

    Monday

    Mismatch Day

    Tuesday

    Grease/50s Day

    10 a.m., Candidate Assembly

    Wednesday

    Michael Jackson Day

    8 a.m.-3 p.m., election of queen, king and court, in the Lecture Hall

    11:15 a.m., barbecue in the cafeteria

    (adults must pay)

    2-5 p.m., painting of the “D”, seniors only

    Thursday

  • Police charge local man in father-in-law’s death

    New Mexico State Police have arrested a Romeroville man on a charge of voluntary manslaughter after he allegedly held his father-in-law in a choke hold.

    State Police spokesman Eric Garcia says officers are investigating the death Friday of 59-year-old Ernest Gutierrez, also of Romeroville.

    Garcia says Gutierrez and his 31-year-old son-in-law, Mica Murray, were fighting at a residence south of Las Vegas.

    Garcia says an ambulance was called to the residence and Gutierrez was pronounced dead later at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.