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  • Robertson seeks efficient heating system

    The main boiler at Robertson High School was replaced soon after Las City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero called the situation dangerous.

    Now contractors are designing additional improvements to the school’s heating system.   

    The design for the heating system at Robertson High School is about 50 percent complete, officials say. Last year, cracks were found in the old boiler at the school, which Romero considered dangerous.

  • Bank buys historic building

    Community First Bank Las Vegas has acquired the Crockett Building -- better known as the historic Murphey's Drug Store.

    The building at 600 Douglas Ave. is one block north from the bank’s main office.

    The bank’s initial plans are to relocate its teller and new accounts representatives, loan department and senior management to the Crockett Building. The operations and IT functions will remain at the current main office in the interim.

  • Highlands restructures scholarships

    Back in 2006, Highlands University established a tuition-free scholarship for freshmen called the Hope Scholarship.

    The goal: Increasing enrollment.

    The scholarship was available to first-time students regardless of age, financial need or their residence, although in recent times, international students have not been eligible.

    New Mexico high school graduates are eligible for the Lottery Scholarship, but must carry 12 hours and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

  • Bodies found on east side

    Authorities are treating the death of a Las Vegas man as a homicide.

    The body of Michael Ortiz, 20, 1024 Second St., was found on the property of BTU Block & Concrete in the 1500 block of Commerce Street around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Ortiz’s family had reported him missing to Las Vegas police early Monday afternoon, saying they hadn’t seen him for four days, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

  • CEO won't have to go to meetings

    The administrator for Alta Vista Regional Hospital won’t have to keep showing up at every monthly meeting of the San Miguel County Commission.

    In November, the county had started requiring Grogan or some other top hospital official to attend meetings, so someone would be available to answer questions about indigent payments to Alta Vista.

    Alta Vista gets regular payments from the county for providing health care to the poorest residents. Counties all around do the same for their respective hospitals.

  • Death being treated as homicide

    Authorities are treating the death of a Las Vegas man as a homicide.

    The body of Michael Ortiz, 20, 1024 Second St., was found on the property of BTU Block & Concrete in the 1500 block of South Commerce St. around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Ortiz's family had reported him missing to Las Vegas police early Monday afternoon, saying they hadn't seen him for four days, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    A day before, the body of Karlene Rivera, 30, 510 Grand Ave., was found outside her parents' home in the 600 block of Railroad Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Forum planned for city hopefuls

    A forum for city candidates will be held on Feb. 18 at Memorial Middle School.

    The Las Vegas Optic and the Committee for the People are holding the forum for candidates for Las Vegas mayor and the Ward 1 and 4 seats on the City Council.

    The forum will last from 6-8 p.m., and audience members can submit questions to the moderator.

    The election is March 2, but early voting lasts until Feb. 26. Voters can cast their ballots during business hours at City Hall.

  • 3 charged in Mora County altercation

    A Mora County man is accused of striking a woman unconscious with a shovel, but authorities have also charged the woman and her daughter following an apparent altercation two weeks ago.

    Sam Olivas, 76, is charged with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor trespassing.

    Elizabeth Trujillo, 61, who was reportedly struck with a shovel, faces petty misdemeanor charges of  assault and battery, and her daughter, Charity Montoya, 23, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.

  • Racist graffiti mars candidate's signs

    A mayoral candidate in Wagon Mound has reported to authorities that her campaign signs have been marred with racist graffiti.

    Betty Ann Medina, a village council member who is facing Arthur Arguello in the mayor’s face, said three of her signs on N.M. Highway 120 on the way to Roy were vandalized with swastikas. Someone wrote “KKK” on another, and five were stolen, Medina said.

    The only sign unaffected was near some dogs, she said.

  • HU seeking own license plate

    Highlands University is hoping to issue a new license plate as soon as it gets state approval for the design, officials say.

    President Jim Fries said Associate Vice President Lawrence Trujillo brought to his attention that the university might consider its own personalized HU license plate. 

    “State universities have the opportunity to work with the Department of Transportation to secure a license plate that would basically advertise the university. I’m sure you’ve all seen UNM and other state university’s plates,” Fries said.