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  • Fiesta planned for students

    All kinds of activities at Luna Community College, Highlands University, United World College, West Las Vegas High School and Robertson High School have been offered as students return to class.

    Luna served a barbecue during welcome-back days for students. Highlands also had the barbecue pit fired up as the president welcomed back students for the fall semester, the United World College staff has been busy shuttling incoming students from the airport in Albuquerque to the campus in Montezuma, and Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools are getting ready for another year.

  • Vigil loses license

    From AP and Staff Reports

    SANTA FE — The state Education Department has revoked the teaching license of Roberta Vigil, a former West Las Vegas school district bilingual program director accused of corruption.

    State Education Secretary Veronica Garcia signed an order Aug. 13 yanking Vigil’s license.

  • Police bolster claims

    State police said Thursday that they have evidence that supports the claims of Robertson High School freshmen football players who allege they were violently attacked as part of a hazing ritual.

    The accusations included a claim that at least one student was sodomized with a broomstick. State police Capt. Robert Shilling of the agency’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, said investigators have evidence that substantiates that specific claim as well.

  • Man says he helped with math questions

    SANTA FE — Michael Tripp says he helped out with a few math problems at the West Las Vegas bilingual office four years ago. He probably never expected to think about it again.

    But he has — many times.

    Tripp, who graduated from West Las Vegas High School in 2005, is one of two key state witnesses in the case against West Las Vegas’ former bilingual director, Roberta Vigil, and her assistant, Beverly Ortega.

  • Golf course rededicated

    Highlands University’s Gene Torres Golf Course is now open to the public after a ribbon-cutting ceremony that rededicated the refurbished links on the northeast side of town.

    Whether you play golf or not, the golf course is a little oasis that is just another asset that makes Las Vegas a unique little city tucked away in the Sangre de Cristos, officials said.

    President Jim Fries told a large crowd at the ribbon-cutting that the renovation cost around $3 million.

  • DA sends hazing case to Santa Fe

    The local district attorney is sending the high-profile Robertson High School hazing case to his counterpart in Santa Fe.

    District Richard Flores said in a statement Wednesday that he had met with state police officials last Thursday after allegations surfaced about hazing at an RHS football camp. He said he immediately recognized names of those involved in the case.

  • Judge questions state's case

    SANTA FE — Near the end of the trial’s second day, a district judge questioned the basis for the state’s case against the West Las Vegas school district’s former bilingual director and her assistant.

    A defense attorney suggested he would ask the judge to find that the state had failed to provide sufficient evidence and dismiss the case.

    The judge said he would address such a request.

  • Court planning amnesty week

    Las Vegas Municipal Court is designating the first week of September as Amnesty Week.

    As such, people with outstanding municipal warrants can go to the court and make arrangements for fulfilling obligations such as paying fines.

    If they don’t, the court promises a number of warrant stings after September during the early morning hours and the holidays, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo said this week.

  • Residents outraged with hazing

    One woman told a radio audience that she would be out for blood if someone violently hazed her loved one.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Las Vegas residents expressed their outrage on a radio show over an alleged violent hazing incident at a Robertson football camp. At least one player is alleging that he was sodomized with a broomstick.

    One caller to a KNMX talk show said she is a grandmother who was in tears and called the incident shocking.

  • City launches new budget billing plan

    The city of Las Vegas is introducing a new budget billing plan.

    The plan is an adjustment for winter rates that allows a customer to lower their winter payments by dispersing them throughout the year, officials said.

    Utilities Director George DuFour came up with the plan to help utility customers during the winter. Customers just need to contact the utilities department to sign up.