Local News

  • Luna sees another drop in enrollment

    Luna Community College’s enrollment has dipped again, and members of the school’s Board of Trustees want to know why.

    Luna had 2,113 students enrolled in the fall of 2007, but that number decreased to 1,959 last fall — a 7.3 percent drop.

    The fall enrollment is critical because the state bases its funding for community colleges on such numbers.

    Since 2003, Luna’s enrollment had been going up and down, reaching a high of 2,183 in 2005.

  • 11 docs support union effort

    Eleven local doctors are joining in the effort to persuade Alta Vista Regional Hospital to negotiate with a union representing most of the hospital’s employees.

    The doctors were among 180 residents who signed a recent petition encouraging the hospital to recognize the workers, who are represented by District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. Five nurses and other health-care professionals also signed.

    The petition was sent to Wayne Smith, chairman and CEO of Community Health Systems, Alta Vista’s parent company.

  • People trust us, official says

    Decrying negativity about Luna Community College, one of the school’s trustees this week contended that local residents have faith in Luna’s leadership.

    Abelino Montoya, a longtime trustee at the college, spoke several times during the board’s more-than-three-hour monthly meeting on Tuesday night about what he called the negativity by a few against Luna.

  • A pastor with roots in northern N.M.

    When John Brasher was only 4, his mother Frieda wrote in his baby book that his favorite person was his great grandfather Juan Hinojos, his favorite color was blue, and that he wanted to become a priest when he grew up.

    “I come from a family who have always been involved in doing things for others and are deeply religious. But they didn’t only go to mass, they were involved in all aspects of serving their church,” said Brasher, now pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas.

  • Student disrupts Robertson campus, is suspended

    A student in the freshman academy caused a huge stir on the Robertson High School campus last week. And as a result, he’ll be away from school for awhile, an official says.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said last week’s incident was the most disruptive on campus this year.

    He said the freshman was “extremely upset” with his girlfriend and started yelling at her.

  • City ends litigation with Storrie

    The city of Las Vegas has a message for attorneys: We don’t need you.

    At least that’s the case when it comes to its longstanding litigation with the Storrie Project Water Users Association.

    Last week, the City Council voted 2-1 to end the litigation. Council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman were in favor, while Morris Madrid abstained and Cruz Roybal voted no.

  • Change in leadership

    Newly re-elected West Las Vegas board member Christine Ludi was sworn in Monday and was quickly elected to chair the five-member panel.

    David G. Romero also took the oath of office, taking the seat of longtime member Ralph Garcia, who didn’t run for another term.

    Vice Chairman Gary Gold nominated Ludi to head the board, with Ludi, in turn, nominating Gold to remain at his post as vice chairman. Both were confirmed with a unanimous vote. Ludi also nominated member Caroline Lopez for secretary, which received a unanimous yes vote.

  • Campos pushes juvenile center

    State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, is seeking $4.5 million for a center for youth offenders in Las Vegas, but it may be difficult to get that money in a declining economy.

    According to analysis by the staff of the Legislative Finance Committee, the state Children, Youth and Families Department wants to build juvenile justice centers in smaller facilities throughout New Mexico. The agency had hoped to build the first one in the state’s northeastern quadrant, which includes Las Vegas.

  • Residents ask city to reverse project

    Residents on Lee Drive wanted passing motorists to slow down on their street. But some don’t like the city’s solution to the problem.

    Last year, the city finished a roundabout at Lee and Kierig Street, along with medians on the approach to the intersection. The roundabout includes 22 signs, many more than are usually posted at a roundabout.

    At last week’s Las Vegas City Council meeting, Public Works Director Carlos Ortiz wanted direction on what to do with the intersection, saying he had received conflicting signals.

  • Man charged with attacking woman

    A Las Vegas man attacked a woman and put a steak knife next to her neck, telling her she couldn’t leave him, state police said.

    Andres Coca, 23, 504 Santa Ann St., was charged with aggravated battery on a household member, assault against a household member and false imprisonment.

    On the night of March 3, state police responded to a domestic violence call at a home near McAllister Lake.