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  • Students show support for college acquisition

    SANTA FE — Hundreds of students and faculty from the College of Santa Fe rallied at the state capitol earlier this week in support of an acquisition by New Mexico Highlands University.

  • County offices may close

    The latest project to improve the county courthouse is coming with some costs — dust and noise.

    County Manager Les Montoya asked the County Commission this week if it was OK with his allowing offices to close for certain periods when the dust and noise are unbearable.

    Commissioners said they had no objections.

    Montoya said he had spoken with the contractor, Franken Construction, and asked the company to take measures to reduce the amount of dust such as placing sealant on doors.

  • State official’s status in question

    The state hospital’s deputy administrator has been gone for more than a week, but state Health Department officials aren’t saying why.

    For the last couple of years, Isaac Apodaca has been in charge of public relations and staff development at the hospital.

    He is the only deputy administrator, but he is not considered the second in command, said Troy Jones, the hospital’s administrator. The second in command is Anthony Martinez, the clinical director.

  • Luna trustee says he wanted to resolve overcharge

    Tony Valdez, a member of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees, said Tuesday that he didn’t get any favors when he sought a resolution for a huge spike in his sewer bills.

    He was responding to a controversy about his utilities account that is developing between Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilman Andrew Feldman, a Luna employee.

    According to a Sept. 26 e-mail from Marquez to then-City Manager Sharon Caballero, the mayor requested that the city manager work to resolve a problem with Valdez’s account.

  • HU to have book exchange

    February is Library Lovers Month, and Highlands University’s Donnelly Library is offering anyone in Las Vegas a chance to exchange books they’ve read for brand-new reads.

    Associate librarian Ying Griego said anyone in town can participate in the free book exchange and may take as many books as they bring in. A dropoff box is now in place at the information counter until Feb. 23. The book exchange will take place from Feb. 24-28.

  • Others may have known

    A woman claiming to have been sexually harassed by Robertson High School Principal Richard Lopez said she had been harassed previously by Lopez and that she only reapplied for the job because a Las Vegas City Schools board member said Lopez would not harass her a second time.

    The woman’s attorney, Merit Bennett, said the school board member knew about Lopez’s alleged harassment.

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  • City officials trade barbs

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman says he still doesn’t have the documents from the case against the now-fired utilities director, George Du Four.

    In pushing to dismiss Du Four last week, Mayor Tony Marquez said the director had violated city ordinance by approving adjustments to customer bills. He provided no other details.

    Feldman and Councilwoman Diane Moore voted against firing Du Four, while council members Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal supported the dismissal. Marquez broke the tie in favor of firing Du Four.

  • Official addresses crossing issue

    A public official has stepped forward to assume responsibility for safety measures at the Rio Arriba railroad crossing where Michael Esquibel was killed in January — the second fatality in four months.  

    Ironically, the official taking responsibility is acting outside of his organization’s jurisdiction.

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission member Jerome Block said that he was working to get safety measures for the site.

  • Health service offered for students

    The Las Vegas City Schools checks children suffering from asthma as part of its health program.

    The Las Vegas City Schools district has been holding an asthma fair for the past seven years at the Cardinal School-based Health Care Center at Sierra Vista Elementary for children who have been diagnosed with a disease that can be brought under control with the proper treatments.