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  • Udall campaigns in Las Vegas

    Tom Udall ended his two-week “Doing Right By New Mexico Tour” in his campaign for U.S. senator with a rally in Las Vegas.

    “The reason we’re finishing our tour in Las Vegas is because this has been one of my banner counties in all the years that I’ve run for office, and I hope to get everyone excited and geared up and move into these last 70 days of the campaign,” said Udall, a Democrat who has represented northern New Mexico in Congress for a decade.

  • Principal: Expel six students

    Robertson High School’s principal is recommending the expulsion of six football players from the school district in connection with alleged hazing during a team camp, officials said Monday.

    According to a press release, Principal Richard Lopez made the decision in response to alleged wrongdoing during the four-day camp, which took place a couple of weeks ago. The expulsions are subject to a formal hearing process.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said the district has completed its investigation of the students. The state police are also looking into the matter.

  • Balderas says he wants to protect whistleblowers

    State Auditor Hector Balderas says he’s trying to make it easier to report fraud.

    He recently launched New Mexico’s first statewide fraud and abuse hotline, 1-866-OSA-FRAUD. The toll-free hotline allows New Mexicans to report suspected governmental fraud and abuse anonymously, without fear of retaliation.

    “By partnering with New Mexicans across the state and encouraging the reporting of fraud, waste and abuse, I firmly believe we can limit the financial scandals that have plagued New Mexico and save our taxpayers millions of dollars” Balderas said.

  • Vigil, Ortega acquitted

    A jury on Friday acquitted West Las Vegas' former bilingual director, Roberta Vigil, and her assistant, Beverly Ortega, of charges that they cheated the state government out of money.

    It served as a setback for the state attorney general's office, which is trying to prove corruption in West's bilingual department during Vigil's reign.

    The jury's decision came after defense attorneys had argued that the state's case boiled down to office and small-town politics

  • Fiesta planned for students

    All kinds of activities at Luna Community College, Highlands University, United World College, West Las Vegas High School and Robertson High School have been offered as students return to class.

    Luna served a barbecue during welcome-back days for students. Highlands also had the barbecue pit fired up as the president welcomed back students for the fall semester, the United World College staff has been busy shuttling incoming students from the airport in Albuquerque to the campus in Montezuma, and Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools are getting ready for another year.

  • Vigil loses license

    From AP and Staff Reports

    SANTA FE — The state Education Department has revoked the teaching license of Roberta Vigil, a former West Las Vegas school district bilingual program director accused of corruption.

    State Education Secretary Veronica Garcia signed an order Aug. 13 yanking Vigil’s license.

  • Police bolster claims

    State police said Thursday that they have evidence that supports the claims of Robertson High School freshmen football players who allege they were violently attacked as part of a hazing ritual.

    The accusations included a claim that at least one student was sodomized with a broomstick. State police Capt. Robert Shilling of the agency’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, said investigators have evidence that substantiates that specific claim as well.

  • Man says he helped with math questions

    SANTA FE — Michael Tripp says he helped out with a few math problems at the West Las Vegas bilingual office four years ago. He probably never expected to think about it again.

    But he has — many times.

    Tripp, who graduated from West Las Vegas High School in 2005, is one of two key state witnesses in the case against West Las Vegas’ former bilingual director, Roberta Vigil, and her assistant, Beverly Ortega.

  • Golf course rededicated

    Highlands University’s Gene Torres Golf Course is now open to the public after a ribbon-cutting ceremony that rededicated the refurbished links on the northeast side of town.

    Whether you play golf or not, the golf course is a little oasis that is just another asset that makes Las Vegas a unique little city tucked away in the Sangre de Cristos, officials said.

    President Jim Fries told a large crowd at the ribbon-cutting that the renovation cost around $3 million.

  • DA sends hazing case to Santa Fe

    The local district attorney is sending the high-profile Robertson High School hazing case to his counterpart in Santa Fe.

    District Richard Flores said in a statement Wednesday that he had met with state police officials last Thursday after allegations surfaced about hazing at an RHS football camp. He said he immediately recognized names of those involved in the case.