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  • Judge issues new rules in RHS hazing case

    SANTA FE — A Santa Fe judge placed new restrictions on former Robertson High School football players who are awaiting trial on rape and other charges in a highly publicized hazing case.

    Six players were kicked off the team and out of school and charged with rape, kidnapping and other counts. They were accused of sodomizing teammates with broomsticks during a team training camp in August outside Las Vegas.

  • Woman: City didn't follow its process

    A former city secretary who has sued her ex-employer contends the city failed to respond to her grievance in 2005.

    Last month, the former secretary, Pearl Maes, responded to a city request to dismiss her lawsuit claiming breach of contract and retaliatory discharge.

    Maes, who worked for the city from 2001 to 2006, disagreed with the city’s argument that she didn’t pursue her grievance that she made in April 2005. In that grievance, she accused Councilman Cruz Roybal of harassing her for her alleged support for then-Councilman Eugene Romero.

  • City manager resigns

    City Manager Sharon Caballero resigned Friday after five and a half months on the job.

    In leaving, she criticized Mayor Tony Marquez’s leadership style but praised him for his honesty.

    Her resignation comes at a time when the city government has yet to fill five directors’ positions on a permanent basis. Another director is suffering health problems and is likely to be out during the days ahead.

  • District clearing mold

    A crew is working on getting rid of mold inside Union Elementary School.

    On Wednesday, the crew disinfected the mold with bleach and covered it with primer. That process resulted in some children getting nauseated, Superintendent Jim Abreu said.

    The mold was caused by problems with the school’s roof, which the district fixed on a short-term basis, Abreu said. Next summer, the district plans to replace the roof.

  • RHS band prepares for concert

    At last week’s Electric Light Parade, the bands from both West Las Vegas High and Middle schools took part.

    And so did Moriarty High School’s, which had to endure a two-hour drive.

    Noticeably missing was Robertson High School’s band. The parade is likely the biggest local event in which school musicians can show off their talents.

    But Robertson’s longtime band director, Wally Sanchez, said he had good reasons for not having his band participate. It was the second year in a row in which it didn’t.

  • Suspect sent to state hospital

    The trial for a woman accused of killing an 83-year-old man has been further delayed because she has been sent to the state hospital to determine her competency.

    Jessica Livingston, 24, is charged with an open count of murder in the June 2007 death of Jose Apodaca. She and Dolores Salazar, 19, allegedly robbed Apodaca and then dragged him with their car.

    Livingston had been scheduled to attend a status hearing on her case on Nov. 17, but four days before, she tried to kill herself in the San Miguel County jail, according to court documents.

  • Wind farm may offer money

    In Fond du Lac County, Wis., wind power developer Invenergy paid $500 per year to property owners within a third of a mile of any of its turbines. Property owners near more than one turbine were paid $750.

    A similar deal is not out of the question for a project in San Miguel County, an Invenergy executive says.

  • HU arrests two in burglary

    Highlands University police arrested two people in connection with an on-campus burglary during the Thanksgiving break.

    Highlands Police Chief Scott Scarborough said the campus’ newly installed security cameras helped identify two suspects accused of stealing electronics from a residence hall.

  • Wind farm may offer money

    In Fond du Lac County, Wis., wind power developer Invenergy paid $500 per year to property owners within a third of a mile of any of its turbines. Property owners near more than one turbine were paid $750.

    A similar deal is not out of the question for a project in San Miguel County, an Invenergy executive says.

  • Officials: No help on green projects

    Kenny Lujan, chairman of the West Las Vegas school board, says he wants more green construction in the district, but he complained that the state won’t help out.

    During a special board meeting last week, Lujan said the state Public School Facilities Authority will not pay for environmentally friendly projects.

    Robert Gorrell, the agency’s director, said Wednesday that such comments are “laughable.”

    “We have led the way for alternative energy in public schools,” he said.