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  • 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.

  • Vet transport service planned

    San Miguel County is purchasing a van to transport veterans to medical appointments, but many details still need to be hammered out.

    The county has received money from the state Department of Veterans Services to buy the van. Officials are working in conjunction with local veterans groups to make the program a reality.

    County Manager Les Montoya told the County Commission last week that the county would need to get money to operate the van. He said the county could provide the funding for the first year, but it would have to go to the state for money after that.

  • Man wakes up, beats up woman, police say

    A drunken man who repeatedly struck a woman in a van he was riding in is now facing a misdemeanor aggravated battery charge.

    Brian B. Montoya, 31, 901 Pecos St., was arrested early in the morning of March 19.

    According to a criminal complaint, the officer met with the victim at a home on Grand Avenue. The victim said she was riding in a van with three others when Montoya, who was passed out, awoke and asked her who she was.

  • County OKs wood-park plan

    The San Miguel County Commission took the first step toward approving the plans for the wood business park on Las Vegas’ north side.

    One official compared the action to a person’s allowing himself to go to the bathroom. That’s because the county was essentially approving its own project. The county owns the area where the park will be, which is the site of the old Medite of New Mexico fiberboard factory.

    Managing the park will be the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, which hopes to spur local wood-related industries.

  • Ex-official followed mayor’s order

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has stated previously that a gas rate hike that had been delayed for nearly three months “should have been done automatically by the utilities department.”

    But an executive order signed by the mayor himself imposed a freeze on all such actions.

  • City making plans for stimulus money

    The city is wasting no time in seeking money from the federal government’s stimulus program, officials said last week.

    Already, the city has hired a consultant, Gus Cordova of the Mercer Group, to coordinate city departments’ efforts to benefit from the infusion of federal funding. Cordova also served as the consultant in the recent effort to recruit a new city manager.

  • 2nd RHS suspect pleads

    SANTA FE — A second former Robertson High School football player has entered a plea to charges in a case in which six older players were accused of sodomizing younger ones at a preseason camp last August.

    Santiago Armijo on Tuesday pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted criminal sexual penetration.

    Armijo is to be sentenced April 24. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he will be sentenced as a juvenile, and could be held by the state Children, Youth and Families Department until he’s 21.

  • Hometown Heroes: Teachers get appreciation

    You’ve read about their accomplishments. They are the people in the Meadow City who are your children’s second parents. They are the teachers.

    Robertson High School’s Gary Leger is out of town being recognized at the national level. Year after year, this teacher’s FFA students return home with state and national honors. He continues in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who began and continued the program he now teaches.