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  • Agency decides to keep three pines

    Lorenzo Herrera has lived near the three tall pines along N.M. Highway 434 all of his life. As far as he is concerned, they should stay.

    When he was 6, he remembers walking with his grandmother, Epimenio Vigil, and the two of them took shelter under the pines during a severe windstorm.

    The day — Oct. 13, 1951 — was significant in Herrera’s life. He and his grandmother were walking to his parents’ house to visit on the day his brother, Francisco, was born.

  • Internet, cell phones out

    Most cell phones and Internet services were not working for much of the business day Thursday.

    That happened after a contractor damaged a fiber optic line in the Santa Fe area around 9:30 a.m., said Gary Younger, spokesman for Qwest Communications, the phone utility for much of New Mexico. Land lines weren’t affected.

    Younger said Qwest crews immediately located the problem and started to make repairs to the line. He said cell phone towers are fed off off land lines.

    He said the outage affected most of northern New Mexico, including Las Vegas, Raton and Taos.

  • School day extended by 15 minutes

    Students attending the Las Vegas City Schools will have an extra 15 minutes tacked on to their afternoon classes beginning today. Five minutes will be added to each afternoon class to make up a snow day missed on March 6.

    Associate Superintendent Barbara Perea Casey said principals thought it would be less disruptive and more beneficial to do it this way, instead of taking away a vacation day from spring break or scheduling class during Memorial Day.

  • City holds off on giving group money

    A nonprofit group says it can give Las Vegas a good bargain by helping the community seek state and federal grants. The City Council isn’t so sure.

    The council voted last week to delay a decision on whether to pay annual dues of $2,100 to the Santa Fe-based North Central Economic Development District.

    The state considers the district the planning agency for this area of the state, while the federal government sees it as the economic development district that can bring Department of Commerce grants to communities.

  • West BPA group making its mark

    West Las Vegas Middle School Business Professionals of America students have made their mark on the national scene the last several years and have again been recognized by receiving the 2008 Quality Chapter Distinction.

    In a letter to the West BPA chapter, Kirk Lawson, BPA executive director, wrote, “Members attending the national leadership conference in Reno, Nevada, will be recognized as Quality Chapter members.”

    BPA sponsor Brian Gurul said his students had to meet a myriad of objectives to qualify for the honor.

  • Teacher's aide sues East district

    An education assistant for the Las Vegas City Schools has sued the district, saying it hasn’t done anything to stop a male employee from repeatedly harassing her.

    The harassment got so bad that the employee pulled up the alleged victim’s shirt, according to the lawsuit, which was filed April 2 in state District Court.

    The woman, represented by Albuquerque attorney Mark Jaffe, names as defendants the district, Superintendent Pete Campos and the employee in question.

  • Alleged drunken driver hits cars

    There aren’t many Red Hummers in town, so Las Vegas police didn’t have a hard time finding a suspected drunken driver who allegedly hit several cars last week.

    Police said they arrested Tommy Jeffrey, 21, of Las Vegas on charges of aggravated drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, having no insurance, and resisting and obstructing officers.

    He was also served with an outstanding warrant from Colfax County for illegal fishing, police said.

  • Candidate has been in trouble with law

    Travis Regensberg, a Democratic candidate for District 70 state representative, said he plans to be candid with voters about his mistakes. But he’ll defend himself when warranted, he said.

    “My past is there. I’ve been open about it,” said Regensberg, 42, a Las Vegas resident.

    In the 1990s, Regensberg, a building contractor, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery against a man.

    “I was wrong. I’m not denying that,” he said.

  • Trees saved — for now

    A group of residents from the Guadalupita area of Mora County wanted to stop the state from chopping three pine trees. And they succeeded — for the time being.

    The state Transportation Department agreed to hold off on cutting the three ponderosa pines until an environmental analysis is conducted, which is expected to take a week, said Christina Romero, the agency’s spokeswoman.

  • Chihuahua students in Las Vegas

    Students from Highlands and Chihuahua universities have been sharing knowledge and information during a three-year collaboration, where the goal is to help the exploited and downtrodden on both sides of the border.

    Eight students from Chihuahua and their advisers were welcomed last week as they arrived for an intensive two-week course at the School of Social Work. Students from Highlands have made the trip to Mexico twice, and this is the second time students from Chihuahua have come to Las Vegas for training.