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  • East suspects plead not guilty

    Three of the adults charged in connection with sexual assaults at a Robertson High School football camp pleaded not guilty Thursday.

    Superintendent Richard Romero, Athletic Director Mike Yara and former football coach Ray Woods entered their pleas in Magistrate Court. Each is charged with the misdemeanor of failure to report child abuse or neglect.

    Not appearing were former assistant coaches Adam Alvarez and Ikaika Neizman, who are facing the same charge.  Neizman is in Alaska, while Alvarez waived his arraignment, prosecutors said.

  • City says it gets back water money

    In January, the city of Las Vegas lost $1.2 million for water projects because of confusion over what the state money was for.

    More than a week ago, Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill for water projects, including the $1.2 million that the city had lost, according to a city press release. The funding comes through the Water Trust Board, an arm of the New Mexico Finance Authority.

    The press release states that the $1.2 million is for water storage, conveyance and delivery system improvements for the city.

  • County to start up crusher soon

    San Miguel County could open its facility to make road materials in as soon as two months — a project officials hope will make it easier for the county to improve more roads.

    The county plans to have the crusher operation on its land in the wood business park on Las Vegas’ north side. It is the same site as the old Medite of New Mexico fiberboard factory, which closed years ago.

    Also on the site, the county plans to construct a building for its public works department, but that part of the project has been delayed because of a snag in the bidding process.

  • City agrees to inquiry into utility finances

    The city’s auditor told the City Council on Wednesday that he has discovered “anomalies” in the utilities department’s finances. As such, he asked for authority to conduct a more thorough investigation.

    The council had no objections to the auditor’s request, and City Manager Timothy Dodge said he would approve the inquiry.

  • Faculty upset with HU officials

    Highlands University’s faculty union contends the school is taking care of administration but leaving professors behind.

    University President Jim Fries disagrees, saying the administration is trying hard to get the faculty to the bargaining table.

    It’s the first time in years that the faculty has openly rebelled against the administration. In early 2005, professors loudly criticized then-President Manny Aragon’s decision to deny tenure to a number of professors, despite faculty committees’ recommendations to give tenure.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Officials plead not guilty in RHS assault case

    Three of the adults charged in connection with sexual assaults at a Robertson High School football camp pleaded not guilty Thursday.

    Superintendent Richard Romero, Athletic Director Mike Yara and former football coach Ray Woods entered their pleas in Magistrate Court. Each is charged with the misdemeanor of failure to report child abuse or neglect.

    Not appearing were former assistant coaches Adam Alvarez and Ikaika Neizman, who are facing the same charge.  Neizman is in Alaska, while Alvarez waived his arraignment, prosecutors said.

  • Fries touts the positive at HU

    Highlands University President Jim Fries talked about some of the challenges the university will face because of budget shortfalls after recent action by the state Legislature.

    But he said there were also bright spots that people should also take note of.

  • Democrat takes case to state level

    Ambrose Castellano, who lost in his bid to become the chairman of the San Miguel County Democratic Party, is challenging the election’s procedures at the state level.

    Earlier this month, Martin Suazo, the chairman for the last eight years, won another two-year term at the county convention, getting 84 votes to Castellano’s 10.

    During the convention, Castellano and former Chairman Greg Salazar, whom Suazo beat eight years ago, both called into question the credentials of some delegates.

  • Las Vegas call center to close

    One of Las Vegas’ two call centers plans to close its doors at the end of the month, putting 48 people out of work.

    Vertex officials have announced that they plan to shut down the center, which is based at Highlands University, because of the loss of the center’s only client, Duke Energy.

    Vertex spokeswoman Diane Webb said the center will close April 30, but a team of managers will remain into May to move out.

  • Truant student faces DWI charge

    A reportedly truant Robertson High School student is accused of crashing her car after smoking marijuana, city police said.

    Last month, the 18-year-old girl was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and causing great bodily injury by vehicle.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, a police officer was on patrol when he noticed an accident at Sixth and Washington streets shortly after 11 a.m. March 12.