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  • Highlands student center in the works

    Highlands University officials say plans for a new student center are moving forward.

    But at least one resident in a nearby historic neighborhood promises to oppose the school’s purchase of Eighth Street lots for a parking lot.

    The university plans to go out to bid for the new student center early next year, with construction slated to start in the spring. Construction is expected to last 18 months, with completion sometime in 2011.

  • Report gives East praise, criticism

    Compared to other school districts, the Las Vegas City Schools fared relatively well in a recent state report.

    The Legislative Finance Committee has evaluated the City Schools, West Las Vegas, Bernalillo, Bloomfield and Aztec.

    The team of evaluators told the City Schools that the district did pretty well overall, but needed to look at a financial plan, compensation packages and student performance.

  • Villanueva couple wins $50,000

    Frank and Martha Gutierrez of Villanueva have won $50,000 through the New Mexico Lottery.

    Before turning in late the night of Dec. 20, the road-weary couple decided to play two New Mexico Lottery Scratchers purchased earlier in the evening while on their way home from Albuquerque. They found that they won a $50,000 prize.

    “I woke up every hour wondering, ‘What if this isn’t true?’” Martha Gutierrez recalled for lottery officials in Albuquerque.

    Frank Gutierrez was also in disbelief.

  • Las Vegas city attorney resigns

    Las Vegas’ interim city attorney, Carlos Quinones, will resign Jan. 1 after more than a year and a half with the city, officials announced this week.

    Two City Council members said Quiñones’ departure was long overdue, while other officials praised the attorney’s service.

  • Councilman's son announces run

    Las Vegas resident Mike Roybal plans to run for the City Council seat held by his father, Cruz Roybal.

    Roybal, a longtime councilman from Ward 4, won’t be running for another term, his son said.

    “We want to have the council work together. We need to go in there as professionals and do what is best for the community,” Roybal said.

  • Luna board looks at sexual harassment, personnel policies

    Luna Community College has been looking at its policies involving sexual harassment and personnel.

    The college’s staff has proposed a number of changes to existing policies, and the Board of Trustees has been reviewing them.

    Under the proposed changes, all employees would be required to report any sexual harassment they see around the workplace. In the past, the college has found that employees may have witnessed harassment but never reported it, said Lawrence Quintana, Luna’s human resources director.

  • KFUN planning development

    The owners of KFUN radio station have plans for a major development on their land.

    Last week, the City Council unanimously ap-proved zoning changes to help make Joseph and Loretta Baca’s plans a reality.

    They hope for a 50-room hotel, a restaurant, a convenience store, a visitors center and a gated community that will include single-family housing and assisted living developments.

    The Bacas have dreamed about a development for a long time on KFUN Hill. They were helped along when Joseph Baca won a $1 million Powerball ticket in 2008.

  • Lujan visits Vegas, talks about economic issues

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., was in Las Vegas Sunday to participate in a Christmas gift distribution at the Plaza Hotel, followed by a discussion on job creation and economic development at Kennedy Hall.

    Lujan thanked Plaza’s Troy Denison, Las Vegas Motorcycle Rally members and Big Brothers-Big Sisters for their contributions to the children of Las Vegas as they handed out more than $3,600 in gifts to kids. The money came from the auction of Christmas trees.

  • City, county differ on ETZ

    A quarter century ago, the city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County signed an agreement for the regulation of areas just outside city limits.

    But it’s never been followed to the letter.

    Last month, Alex Aragon, the chairman of the city Planning and Zoning Commission, sent a letter to the city inquiring about the city and county’s roles in regulating the extra-territorial zone, an irregular buffer zone around the city.

  • Chamber under scrutiny

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce has come under increasing criticism over the last couple of weeks.

    This is in the wake of the controversial firing of Vince Howell as the marketing coordinator in November.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Councilman Andrew Feldman suggested the city conduct a performance and fiscal audit of the chamber because the city gives money to the group. He said the chamber was suffering from “serious problems,” although he didn’t say what they were.