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  • Delay sought for school project

    The $2.9 million Tony Serna Elementary School construction project will go forward — it’s just a question of when.

    The West Las Vegas district has requested to delay the project’s start to May, rather than January, as originally planned.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu said during a recent school board meeting that there were three sites that children would be sent during the year-long renovation. However, board members Caroline Lopez , Kenny Lujan and David Romero were not keen on the plan.

  • Agency works to stop erosion

    Much of your property taxes go to the city, the county, the schools and the state — and residents often see how that money is spent.

    A much smaller portion goes to a less visible entity — Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District, which covers nearly all of San Miguel County.

    For instance, the owner of an $80,000 house pays around $25 a year to Tierra y Montes.

    So what does that organization do?

    It works to prevent erosion, preserve river habitats and undertake efforts to lessen the chance of wildfires.

  • Vet service takes first passengers

    San Miguel County launched its service to take veterans to appointments at the veterans hospital in Albuquerque more than a month ago.

    But it didn’t have any takers until last week.

    The county took three veterans to the Duke City on Wednesday.

    “We haven’t advertised it as much as we should,” said Wendy Armijo, the county official heading the program.

    She said the county has aired advertisements on local radio stations and that she gave a presentation on the program on Veterans Day.

  • White's Peak action draws only one bid

    SANTA FE -- Only one person submitted a bid for 7,206 acres of state trust land in the White’s Peak area north of Ocaté by Tuesday’s deadline.

    Rancher David Stanley, one of four private landowners involved in a negotiating a complicated land swap, was the lone bidder.

    The swap is aimed at reducing conflict between the public — mostly hunters and outdoor enthusiasts — and landowners in the area, which has become a checkerboard of public and private holdings.

  • Homeless shelter at local church

    A local church is stepping up to provide a shelter for the homeless for the next month.

    Starting more than a week ago, the First Baptist Church, 201 Mountain View Drive, has been hosting a temporary shelter during nights. It will provide this service through Dec. 21.

    Samaritan House, a local nonprofit group that helps the poor, is seeking another church to offer its building for the subsequent month.

  • Official: East is overstaffed

    The Las Vegas City Schools is significantly overstaffed, a top official says.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said staffing is directly influenced by enrollment and program changes. Looking back to 2003, the superintendent said the district has lost a little over 130 students.

  • City, union sign off on contract

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved an agreement with the city’s biggest union that means pay raises for members.

    City and union officials wouldn’t reveal how much more the union’s members would make, saying they would issue a joint press release.

    On Wednesday night, the council unanimously voted for the agreement  with the city’s chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

    A day earlier, a majority of the union’s membership voted for the agreement.

  • Senator: Why not unite districts?

    Most local politicians have an unofficial rule: Avoid any talk about uniting the two local school districts.

    At least one of their counterparts in another part of the state doesn’t consider the subject politically untouchable.

  • Free dinner offered

    El Sombrero Restaurant is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner, as it has done for years.

    The meal will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant, 825 Mills Ave. The public is welcome. Takeout orders are available.  

    The restaurant hosts the dinner and receives help from volunteers throughout the community.

    For more information or to order a takeout meal, call 425-3705.

  • Two East employees on leave

    Two employees at Robertson High School have been placed on leave for “inappropriate” activities, the superintendent said Monday.

    Superintendent Rick Romero confirmed information that cheerleading coach Krystle King was placed on leave last week for allegations of “inappropriate behavior” and counselor Amadee Duran on suspicion of “inappropriate contact.”