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  • 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.

  • Mayor struggles to get information

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez wants answers from state government about the intent for more than $1 million in funding.

    But he says has hasn’t received any definitive information.

    The state Water Trust Board has apparently approved a change in the purpose for the $1.2 million. The board operates through the New Mexico Finance Authority and works with the state Environment Department.

  • Denish picks Las Vegan for her transition team

    A Las Vegan is joining Lt. Gov. Diane Denish’s transition team as she prepares to become the next governor.

    Former Las Vegas Mayor Matt Martinez was named Wednesday as the leader of the Healthy Families and Communities Advisory Team.

    Martinez, who manages KNMX and KMDZ radio stations, is the vice president of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. He served as mayor from 1998 to 2000.

  • Woman facing fraud charges

    A Las Vegas woman is accused of illegally using people’s credit card numbers to take money from a cash register at her workplace.

    Jessica Gamel, 21, 1620 1/2 Eighth St., faces 18 counts of fraud and six counts of forgery.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, the owner of Pino’s Restaurant told officers last week that he believed Gamel, one of his waitresses, got several credit card numbers taking reservations in her job at Plaza Hotel and used them to her benefit at Pino’s.

  • Native American pageant held

    The Winter Buffalo Dance may have been the key to Kaylina Abeyta’s victory.

    Kaylina Abeyta, a member of the Ohkay Owingeh tribe, was crowned Miss Highlands University Native American Queen during the third annual Native American Pageant at Sala de Madrid last week. She replaces outgoing Queen Courtney Hudson.

    Abeyta wowed the audience with the Winter Buffalo Dance and said she’s been dancing since she was a little girl.

  • Hospital adds administrative post

    The state hospital says it has created a new management position to make the facility more efficient.

    Morris Madrid, the hospital’s finance director for the last couple of years, has been appointed to the newly created position of director of operational efficiencies.

    “In light of the current budget and economic conditions, he has graciously agreed to accept this role without additional compensation,” hospital administrator Troy Jones said in a memo to employees last week.

  • Man who fed millions of birds over his career retiring

    Jean Jaureguiberry, a 32-year employee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is leaving the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge and the many, many birds he has fed over his long career.

    This month, Jaureguiberry will hang up his tractor keys and lay down his gloves to retire and begin a new chapter of his life.

  • Storrie Project also left out of loop

    Members of the Las Vegas City Council apparently weren’t the only key players left out of the loop when the city administration quietly tried to change the intent of more than $1 million for a water project.

    Robert Quintana, president of the Storrie Project Water Users Association, said Monday that no one informed his group about the change either — and the association was very much involved in the issue.

  • HU students go to Mexico

    Social work students at Highlands University went to Mexico recently to improve their bilingual skills.

    Thirteen students from Highlands University’s one-of-a-kind Social Work Bilingual-Bicultural Master’s Program completed a successful exchange with the University of Chihuahua School of Social Work in Mexico this fall.

  • No more trips for students

    Eighth-graders at Memorial Middle School shouldn’t be expecting any more field trips this school year.

    School officials said that became the case after they caught a number of students drinking on a field trip last week to Albuquerque, where they visited a museum and saw the movie, “Twilight.”

    Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, said eight students were seen by teachers pouring hard liquor into containers with Coca-Cola on the bus ride home.