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  • Vegas police seeking officers

    The Las Vegas Police Department is looking to fill three officer positions.

    The department starts out at $15 an hour for certified officers, which Police Chief Gary Gold said makes the local agency one of the highest-paying in northern New Mexico.

    The department will offer higher pay to officers with more experience, as is called for under a pay plan.

    Gold said the department is short manpower because a number of officers are taking leave for such things as injuries and the military.

  • Teacher, principal inspire music programs

    Will the third time be the charm for Gene Parson and Arnell David Arellanes?

    For a third year, the West Las Vegas principal and choir director have been nominated as Outstanding School Administrator and Music Educator of the Year, respectively.

    Each year, the New Mexico Music Educators Association recognizes an administrator who has demonstrated support for and commitment to high quality music education programs in their school.

  • Cosmetology students show off talents

    Remember Blondie”s hairstyle? How about the beehive that was popular for some reason or Betty Boop’s curls?

    They were all part of the “Blast from the Past” show highlighting graduating students in the School of Cosmetology at Luna Community College.

    Elvis was there too, a.k.a. Paul Hurtado, entertained the crowd during intermission with a repertoire of oldies.

    Luna President Pete Campos said the college is a place of learning, where students get hands-on training.

  • City gets money for road projects

    The city says it’s been approved for a number of road construction projects and a pedestrian walkway.

    Officials said the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District recently notified the city that the state has given the green light for three road construction projects and the walkway, which were projects submitted for federal stimulus funding.

  • Highlands deal nearing

    Highlands University’s faculty and the administration may have found some common ground.

    President Jim Fries said this week that he and the faculty completed their bargaining process last Thursday. He said the Faculty Association will be voting on a proposed agreement this week.

    He wouldn’t reveal any of the terms of the proposed contract. Faculty leaders couldn’t be reached for comment.

    The university’s Board of Regents is expected to take up the agreement in a special meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at Highlands’ Kennedy Hall.

  • Highlands adds degrees, programs

    Highlands University is making a number of changes to its courses and programs. They include a new master of science degree in athletic training.

    Highlands University Vice President Gilbert Rivera outlined a long list of revisions to current courses and new offerings during the Academic Affairs Committee meeting last week.

  • Three vie for utility post

    Carlos Lovato, a member of the board for the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, maintains he’s always put the members first in his decisions, but two men running against him for his position question that stance.

    On Tuesday, Lovato, who has served off and on for nearly two decades, will face Rey Herrera and Eric Michael Cummings in the District 2 election.

    District 2 includes Rociada, Sapello, Buena Vista, Mineral Hill and Watrous, among other places. The nonprofit utility serves thousands of customers in the rural areas of San Miguel and Mora counties.

  • Documents: Murder victim hurt woman

    A woman who is accused of killing a man stabbed him when he was attacking another woman, according to court documents.

    Bernadette Sanchez, 36, who had been homeless in Las Vegas, is charged with an open count of murder in the death of Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, Elizabeth Martin walked out of the back door of her house around 5:30 p.m. April 24 at 1916 Morrison St., in the area of the county courthouse. She said she saw her neighbor, Jaramillo, kicking her dog in his yard, documents state.

  • Vegas man accused of burglary of house

    A day before 34th birthday, a Las Vegas man who says he was hungry and homeless burglarized a house where some of his relatives live, state police say.

    Jason Christopher Byrer was charged with burglary, breaking and entering, and larceny.

    According to a criminal complaint, Byrer’s cousin was awakened around noon on April 21 when Byrer came into a house in the 3400 block of Seventh Street. Byrer told his cousin that he was in there to pick up some of his clothing; Byrer lived in the house until two months before. After a short conversation, Byrer left.

  • Area schools, agencies take precautions

    Local officials are keeping a close eye on the national spread of the swine flu, but so far, there haven’t been any confirmed cases in New Mexico.

    Rick Romero and Jim Abreu, superintendents of the East and West districts respectively, are using the media and sending out letters to parents about what the districts are doing to keep everyone safe.