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  • 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.

  • East struggles with budget

    The Las Vegas City Schools district is experiencing rising energy bills that are the rule and not the exception for school districts around the country.

    These are bills that are adding to the red ink, mounting to the tune of $500,000, an official said.

    Las Vegas City Schools business manager Myrna Garcia said the bill for natural gas in April at one school site was more than $12,000. The average monthly cost for gas district-wide was about $25,000, she said.

  • Ex-official recognized

    Barbara Ann Perea Casey, a former local school administrator, recently won the top award from the New Mexico branch of the American Association of University Women. The Grace Barker Award is the highest given by the organization.

    “I am very honored to have received this award because it summarizes what I have tried to do all my life — be a positive mentor and role model to young girls and women of all ages so that they know that they have worth and value, and that they can do whatever they want in their lives,” Casey said in a statement.

  • Message sent against underage drinking

    Regular customers of Allsup’s convenience store at Grand Avenue and Alamo Street may have been understandably confused by all the commotion at the store last Thursday morning.

    After all, the small parking lot was jam-packed and a couple of dozen people stood in the aisles on one side of the store. They included dignitaries such as San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil, San Miguel County DWI Prevention Coordinator Wendy Armijo and a number of state officials. They were on hand for the start of a new anti-underage drinking program.

  • Mexican students to return home soon

    Mexican students at Highlands University will be returning home sooner than expected because officials expect the border to be closed in response to swine flu fears.

    “We are receiving information from the state Department of Public Health in terms of what they’re doing, and our health providers on campus are in direct contact with the state and will be following whatever guidelines that may be appropriate. So we are certainly monitoring the situation very carefully,” Highlands President Jim Fries said.

  • Vegas police find murder suspect

    Las Vegas police late Tuesday night apprehended a woman accused in the death of a local man.

    Bernadette Sanchez, 36, a former Watrous resident who was more recently homeless in Las Vegas, is charged in the stabbing to death Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36, of Las Vegas, police said.

    On Tuesday night, Las Vegas police received a call of an intoxicated woman down at Lopez and Rio Arriba streets, Police Chief Gary Gold said. The woman was identified as Sanchez, who was taken to the hospital and then expected to be taken to the county jail.