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  • Players accused in second incident

    Two Robertson High School football players accused of sodomizing younger players with broomsticks during a football training camp last month have also been accused of bullying a fellow student last year.

    The victim reported the bullying incident to his parents in the last couple weeks after the football camp hazing allegations were made, Las Vegas Schools superintendent Rick Romero said.

  • 720th helped with Gustav relief

    Las Vegas was among a number of New Mexico towns welcoming home more than 400 National Guardsmen returning from a 12-day deployment to Louisiana, where they distributed food, water and other supplies to the victims of Hurricane Gustav.

    Brigadier General Kenny Montoya said the mission began as the governor of Louisiana asked New Mexico’s governor for help. He said after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, officials wanted to be prepared, so the National Guard went to the president and asked if the troops could be federalized.

  • City manager seeks long-term plan for streets

    Street crews have been busy filling potholes, and the city manager wants a long-range plan for city streets.

    “Our four-person street crew has been out in this last month filling in tons and tons and tons of holes in our streets. I have a list to share with you instead of reading it,” City Manager Sharon Caballero told the City Council at a recent meeting.

    Caballero said that after safety issues, the No. 1 issue during calls she receives every day are about the condition of city streets.

  • Report: Coaches knew about hazing

    Ray Woods, the former coach of the Robertson High School football team, knew about alleged hazing during a team camp last month, but the athletic director told him to keep law enforcement out of the matter for the time being, according to a top state police official’s report.

    The reports state that parent volunteers expressed concern about the alleged misconduct with the coaches, but the Monday-through-Thursday team camp continued.

  • Denver man dies in train collision

    A car and an Amtrak train collided on Rio Arriba Road north of Las Vegas early Thursday afternoon.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said that there was one occupant of the car and that the occupant was killed. The driver was Fred Stark of Denver.

    The investigation was begun by the Las Vegas Police Department, but was handed over to the state police when it was determined that the site of the accident was just outside the city limits.

  • Residents want water rights to stay in area

    What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — at least when it comes to water.

    That was the message of several residents attending a state engineer’s presentation this week on the process for allocating water rights on the Gallinas River. They said they don’t want any water rights entirely eliminated from the community.

    The state engineer’s office has started sending out packets on its determinations on what water rights each user owns. Users can either agree with the findings or challenge them.

  • West rejects hazing suspects

    Four of the suspects in the alleged hazing at a Robertson High School football camp last month tried to become students at West Las Vegas High School.

    West’s principal, Gene Parson, doesn’t want that to happen. He decided Thursday to bar the four from entering his school, officials said this morning.

    Last week, a hearing officer for the Las Vegas City Schools, June Romero, decided to suspend the four for the rest of the year.

  • County gets funds for business

    San Miguel County is set to get $500,000 to construct a building to be used by a local company, which officials say is part of the effort to bolster job-creating businesses.

    The money will pay for a 20,000-square-foot spec building at the wood business park. Once the building is completed, it will be made available through the lease of the building from San Miguel County to Old Wood Products, which is owned by David Old.

  • Las Vegas hires new animal control supervisor

    The new supervisor of the city’s animal shelter says everyone is welcome to visit the animals, spend some time with the ones they may want to adopt and get to know them.

    “I want this to be a friendly place,” Kelly Eversole said. “I could be harder on people about not getting their vaccinations or spaying and neutering, but I would rather help pet owners better understand how to care for the animals.”

  • 'Take it like a man'

    Four Robertson High School football players agreed to medical examinations for sexual assault after accusing upperclassmen of sodomizing them with broomsticks during a football training camp last month, state police said.

    The younger players on the team were told to “take it like a man” or “get it 10 times worse later,” state police said in a 102-page report on their investigation released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Safety.