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  • Public can't question candidates

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Patrick Romero wanted the public to take part in questioning of prospective superintendents at a future public forum, but members Phillip Vigil and Ramon “Swoops” Montao said no to that idea.

    Before the vote on the process for a procedure of hiring a superintendent, Vigil said, “I don’t mind the public being there while we interview them, but that’s the board’s job.”

  • Service business employees get trained about Vegas

    If an organization has its way, a store clerk or a restaurant waitress will have enough information about Las Vegas to interest tourists in visiting attractions around the area.

    The New Mexico Workforce Connection, which is a part of SER Jobs for Progress, has launched a program called Pro-Active Host, which provides training in customer service designed with local employees in mind.

  • HU dorm project set to start soon

    Highlands University has taken another step toward making an upscale residence hall a reality on the Las Vegas campus.

    The Highlands University Board of Regents last week approved a bond purchase agreement with the New Mexico Finance Authority that will be used to build the dorms.

    “What the board did is approve the agreement between Highlands and the NMFA to actually generate the construction revenue that’s going to be needed to build the new residence facilities,” board Chairman Javier Gonzales said.

  • Memorial Middle School goes green

    At Memorial Middle School, students don’t just talk about the environment — they get hands-on lessons.

    The Memorial Middle School agricultural science center emphasizes agricultural, horticultural and natural resource science. Students are learning about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, as they grow their own fruits and vegetables, build wind turbines and learn about solar power.

  • Deputy chief to run for recruiting effort

    Most people are still sleeping when Christian Montao, Las Vegas’ deputy police chief, gets up to exercise.

    Since Jan. 3, Montao has logged 204 miles of running and plans to add another 30 in the next week and a half. He has also done 35 hours of cross training.

    He is preparing to take part in a 15.2-mile run as part of the the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces on March 30.

    Officer Eric Padilla plans to march 15.2 miles, Montao said.

  • County plans bike, walking path

    San Miguel County is working on a long-term effort to extend the city riverwalk all the way to United World College in Montezuma, an official said this week.

    Harold Garcia, the county’s public works supervisor, said the county is working on a master plan created in the 1990s when County Manager Les Montoya was then serving as city manager. The riverwalk in town was finished in the 1990s. “It’s going to be a nice project. The county wants to do its part,” Garcia said.

  • Five cheerleaders kicked off team

    Five West Las Vegas High School cheerleaders were removed from the team this week in connection with an alleged shoplifting incident in Albuquerque last weekend, an official said Wednesday.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu confirmed that cheerleading coach Krystle King made the decision to remove the cheerleaders. He said he was fine with the coach’s decision.

  • State reps to face rivals in primary

    Most state lawmakers will run unopposed this year, but that’s not the case with two area state representatives.

    Tuesday was filing day for candidates for state and county offices.

    District 70 state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, is facing two opponents in the June 3 Democratic primary, Luna Community College purchasing agent Naomi Montoya and building contractor Travis Regensberg. Both had already publicly revealed their intentions.

  • Council to hold organizational meeting

    The new four-member City Council will meet for the first time on Monday — a session in which the mayor said he hopes to set the city on a positive direction.

    Mayor Tony Marquez, who took office earlier this month, is setting an organizational meeting for 6 p.m. in the council’s chambers at City Hall.

    He is planning another meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the San Miguel County Commission’s chambers in the old courthouse.

  • Group performing for less than year

    Marissa Baca and Kayla Gonzales front the group Mariachi Cardenal Juvenil with their singing abilities as other band members pound out the rhythm on their guitarrnes, trumpets and violins.

    Those listening to the music may be surprising that the middle school group has been playing for less than a year.