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  • Student named to school board

    Robertson High School senior Molly Salman said that as the new student representative on the Las Vegas City Schools board, she wanted to get the voices of fellow students heard.

    “Sometimes students feel like they are not being represented properly. Students have a lot of great ideas, and I would like to be able to present those to the members of the school board,” Salman said.

    Superintendent Rick Romero told Salman that he loves her energy and enthusiasm, and like past student representatives, her position was not just for decoration or show.

  • Hospital tightens visiting hours

    Restrictions on visiting hours will be introduced at Alta Vista Regional Hospital effective today.

    The hospital will continue to have open access as usual during regular visiting hours.  

    However, children under the age of 14 will not be permitted to visit in any patient care area.  The restrictions have been introduced on the advice of healthcare professionals at the hospital.    

  • City finance director resigns

    The city’s finance director is moving on to greener pastures.

    Abran Romero submitted his resignation to City Manager Timothy Dodge on Thursday afternoon, with two weeks’ notice.

    He has accepted the position of general manager with the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative.

  • Officials laud East's budget

    Gabe Lucero, a Las Vegas City Schools board member, said he’s been hearing good things about the district’s budget outlook.

    Lucero said he was recently briefed by Business Manager Myrna Garcia.

    “I visited with Myrna on Friday, and all of you know Myrna, and how excited she gets when talking about money and numbers. She was really excited about where we were with the budget at the end of the fiscal  year.”

    Superintendent Romero told Lucero that the district is finally where it should be in getting its budget up-to-date.

  • Federal money available locally; indoor farmers market in works

    A federal official recently visited Las Vegas to talk about federal money available to the community.

    Terry Brunner, USDA rural development state director, said that New Mexico’s office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program has about $100 million  per year available through its regular program and $140 million in stimulus money available.  

    That money is available through an array of loan and grant programs, he said.

  • 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.