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  • HU to continue negotiations

    Highlands University will continue negotiations in its bid to take over the College of Santa Fe, a small private institution that is having financial difficulties.

    Even though Highlands’ Board of Regents ended a special three-hour closed meeting by tabling action on acquisition of the Santa Fe school, President Jim Fries told the media it was an important session.

  • Contract gives pay hike to teachers

    The Las Vegas City Schools district and its teachers have reached an agreement that includes pay raises.

    The teachers call the contract a major step forward in the history of its attempts to reach agreement on a contract.

    Theresa Chavez, president of the National Education Association local, is a second-grade teacher and 17-year veteran of the district.

  • Las Vegan wins diamond ring

    One might say that diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend, KFUN is.

    Gloria A. Gallegos got diamonds as an early Christmas present after her name was drawn Wednesday from a tumbler containing thousands of entrants in a promotion sponsored by radio station KFUN. Gallegos is the manager at the Wal-Mart Subway and filled out the ticket at Sun Loan & Tax Service.

    The 14-carat white gold ring, encrusted with 1/2 carats in diamonds, was to celebrate 67 years in broadcasting at KFUN. The station went on the air for the first time on Christmas Day 1941.

  • Longtime Mora correspondent dies

    Ricky DeHerrera, the Las Vegas Optic’s Mora County correspondent for more than three decades, died Friday in Albuquerque after a long illness.

    DeHerrera, 65, was surrounded by family when he died at 8:20 a.m. Friday at Presbyterian Hospital. He had been in and out of the hospital and therapy for about a month and a half before dying from kidney failure and other complications.

  • Residents help with blood efforts

    It will be a day of celebrating on Jan. 28 at the annual United Blood Services luncheon to honor hundreds of volunteer blood drives coordinators that host blood drives throughout New Mexico.

    Las Vegas will be represented by Chuck Griego, winner of the Outstanding Government Agency award, and Jackie Romero, winner of the Outstanding Collegiate Drive award. Winners were selected from coordinators throughout the state.

    Tribute will be paid to Griego and Romero and other coordinators at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel.

  • New law targets grafitti in Vegas

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved an ordinance targeting graffiti. Much of it reflects an existing state law.

    The ordinance makes defacing of another person’s property with a variety of materials, including charcoal, to be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine from $150 to up to $500, court costs, 40 hours of community service and a possible 90 days in jail in addition to payment of restitution for the property damage.

    It is already illegal in the state to do graffiti without the permission of the property owner.

  • Bikers still giving out toys

    There were lots of smiling faces as kids lined up for toys at the annual Toys for Tots give away sponsored by the Los Hermanos Motorcycle club.

    Club president Gerald Romero said, “We do this as a way to give back to our community. When you see children in line who might not otherwise get a present, that brings a great joy to our hearts — to see the smile on their little faces when they get a toy makes this special. Even though we’re grown men, this is enough to bring us close to tears because of the joy we see all around.”

  • Ringside may reopen in a few weeks

    Joe’s Ringside, which closed a few months ago, may reopen in the next few weeks, its operator says.

    A hold was placed on Ringside’s liquor license some months ago after the business failed to pay its taxes, a state official said.

    Rexann Bustamante, who took the reins a couple of years ago, confirmed the problem last week but said the Ringside has obtained a loan to help pay those taxes.

  • School's trophy cases damaged

    At least three youths vandalized the Robertson High School gym early Tuesday morning, police said.

    Robertson staff discovered the three around 5:30 a.m. and immediately called police, officials said. The  youths caused about $15,000 in damage, which included the school’s trophy cases, police said.

    Officers were able to apprehend one of the three, a 16-year-old Robertson student, Police Chief Gary Gold said. The other two were believed to be a Robertson student and a dropout from West Las Vegas High School, he said. 

  • Madrid: City may lose money

    City Councilman Morris Madrid expressed doubt this week that the city would be able to meet a deadline to get more than $1 million from the state government.

    “We may have to wave goodbye to that money,” he said.

    Other city officials, meanwhile, are holding out hope that the city will get the $1.2 million from the state Water Trust Board, which is part of the New Mexico Finance Authority.

    The controversy over the money has been a big subject at City Council meetings over the last month.