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  • LATEST ONLINE UPDATE: Teachers say they went to party, not workshop

    SANTA FE — In 2005 and 2006, the West Las Vegas school district held events that were billed as training workshops.

    But a number of teachers testified Friday that each function was nothing more than a dinner and a dance. And attendees could buy alcohol if they wanted.

    Did the teachers learn anything? They said they didn't.

  • Teacher investigation continues

    The Las Vegas police have turned over preliminary reports to the district attorney’s office on the Robertson High School teacher who allegedly sexually abused a student for years.

    But the DA’s office has yet to get the final results of the investigation.

    Police Chief Gary Gold was under the impression earlier this week that his department had turned in the full packet to the DA’s office. But he said his agency had actually turned in only the preliminary reports.

    “We have a lot of leads to follow up on,” the chief said.

  • Graduations set for this weekend

    Both Highlands University and Luna Community College will hold graduations Saturday.

    Luna’s commencement is set for 10 a.m. in a large tent on campus, while Highlands’ will be at 2 p.m. at Wilson Complex.

    The commencement speaker at Luna will be Ana Pacheco, a Santa Fe native and publisher of La Herencia Magazine.

  • Officials: Drunks kept off streets

    Since last July, San Miguel County’s Safe Ride program has taken 784 people home from bars and parties.

    The program is paid for through a state fund coming from fees assessed to DWI offenders, so to most taxpayers, it’s free.

    The county started the program to provide rides home for intoxicated people, so they could stay off the road. The service is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Proposed wind rules called ‘one-sided’

    San Miguel County officials are proposing stricter rules for wind farms, but some say the county’s effort is “one-sided.”

    Last year, the county set up a task force to recommend changes for the county’s 6-year-old ordinance regulating wind farms. This was in response to a Chicago-based company’s interest in setting up wind turbines on the peak in Bernal, which has caused a controversy in that area.

  • Vegas police seeking officers

    The Las Vegas Police Department is looking to fill three officer positions.

    The department starts out at $15 an hour for certified officers, which Police Chief Gary Gold said makes the local agency one of the highest-paying in northern New Mexico.

    The department will offer higher pay to officers with more experience, as is called for under a pay plan.

    Gold said the department is short manpower because a number of officers are taking leave for such things as injuries and the military.

  • Teacher, principal inspire music programs

    Will the third time be the charm for Gene Parson and Arnell David Arellanes?

    For a third year, the West Las Vegas principal and choir director have been nominated as Outstanding School Administrator and Music Educator of the Year, respectively.

    Each year, the New Mexico Music Educators Association recognizes an administrator who has demonstrated support for and commitment to high quality music education programs in their school.

  • Cosmetology students show off talents

    Remember Blondie”s hairstyle? How about the beehive that was popular for some reason or Betty Boop’s curls?

    They were all part of the “Blast from the Past” show highlighting graduating students in the School of Cosmetology at Luna Community College.

    Elvis was there too, a.k.a. Paul Hurtado, entertained the crowd during intermission with a repertoire of oldies.

    Luna President Pete Campos said the college is a place of learning, where students get hands-on training.

  • City gets money for road projects

    The city says it’s been approved for a number of road construction projects and a pedestrian walkway.

    Officials said the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District recently notified the city that the state has given the green light for three road construction projects and the walkway, which were projects submitted for federal stimulus funding.

  • Highlands deal nearing

    Highlands University’s faculty and the administration may have found some common ground.

    President Jim Fries said this week that he and the faculty completed their bargaining process last Thursday. He said the Faculty Association will be voting on a proposed agreement this week.

    He wouldn’t reveal any of the terms of the proposed contract. Faculty leaders couldn’t be reached for comment.

    The university’s Board of Regents is expected to take up the agreement in a special meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at Highlands’ Kennedy Hall.