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  • Police charge man with arson

    A Las Vegas man was arrested last week for attempting to set fire to a residence after an officer responded to a call at 503 S. Pacific and found several beer cans on fire outside the residence.

    Anthony R. Gonzales, 47, of 500 Mountain View No. 2 is charged with arson, negligent arson and attempt to commit a felony and being held on a $50,000 cash bond. Las Vegas Police Officers Michael E. Lopez made the arrest Sept. 8.

  • Patrick Swayze remembered

    While Hollywood memorializes Patrick Swayze as one of the key pop culture figures in recent history, a number of Las Vegans are recalling their own encounters with the late actor and part-time local.

    Swayze, 57, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday. Since revealing the diagnosis in early 2008, Swayze and wife Lisa Niemi had publicly vowed to fight on against a disease that typically kills within months.

  • Highlands buying two nearby properties

    Highlands University is buying property.

    During a special meeting last week the Board of Regents approved the purchase of two properties bordering campus grounds. President Jim Fries said one might be used for a coffee house where students can socialize and relax.

    Fries said the house at 1004 Mora Ave. — which university officials affectionately call “The Little Green House” — is surrounded by the new residence hall.   

  • West's enrollment up slightly

    West Las Vegas schools have 37 more students than they did last year, according to Superintendent Jim Abreu.

    It’s a different story on the east side, where a 127-student decline was recently reported.

    At a West School Board meeting last week, Abreu was pleased to report the increase, but board member Kenny Lujan asked for the matter to be tabled until the next regular meeting — “because I would like to see it (increased numbers) by classrooms,” Lujan said.

  • Gonzales to lead state Democrats

    The state Democratic Party’s central committee has elected a former Highlands regents to be the party’s state chairman.

    Javier Gonzales, a member of the New Mexico State Board of Regents a former Santa Fe County commissioner and ex-chairman of the Highlands Board of Regents, was elected on a voice vote Saturday at Isleta Pueblo.

    Gonzales replaces outgoing chairman Brian Colon, who resigned Aug. 8 to run for lieutenant governor.

    Gonzales will serve the remainder of Colon’s term, which expires in April 2011.

  • West's homecoming week schedule

    This week is homecoming for West Las Vegas schools. This year’s theme is “Transformers: Rise of the Dons.” Upcoming events include:

    Monday

    Mismatch Day

    Tuesday

    Grease/50s Day

    10 a.m., Candidate Assembly

    Wednesday

    Michael Jackson Day

    8 a.m.-3 p.m., election of queen, king and court, in the Lecture Hall

    11:15 a.m., barbecue in the cafeteria

    (adults must pay)

    2-5 p.m., painting of the “D”, seniors only

    Thursday

  • Police charge local man in father-in-law’s death

    New Mexico State Police have arrested a Romeroville man on a charge of voluntary manslaughter after he allegedly held his father-in-law in a choke hold.

    State Police spokesman Eric Garcia says officers are investigating the death Friday of 59-year-old Ernest Gutierrez, also of Romeroville.

    Garcia says Gutierrez and his 31-year-old son-in-law, Mica Murray, were fighting at a residence south of Las Vegas.

    Garcia says an ambulance was called to the residence and Gutierrez was pronounced dead later at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Authorities arrest marijuana grower

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force and the New Mexico National Guard Aviation Unit teamed up for marijuana eradication recently, conducting fly-over missions of San Miguel and Mora counties.

    Agents from the air located a grow site near Tecolote, a news release stated. Joe F. Griego was arrested by agents on the ground, the release said.

  • Luna charter school nixed by state

    After hearing opposition from area superintendents recently, the state Public Education Commission denied an application for the proposed Luna Charter Academy.  

    Luna was among eight proposed charter schools that did not pass muster during a meeting last week.The commission did approve seven charter schools that included four in Albuquerque and one each in Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Taos.

  • Charges dropped

    Charges have been dropped against school officials and coaches accused of not reporting a series of attacks at a football camp last year — and at least one victim’s parents, as well as the prosecutor who initially filed the charges, aren’t a bit happy about it.