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  • Santa Fe resident named to regents

    A Santa Fe resident has been appointed to the Highlands University Board of Regents.

    Gov. Bill Richardson on Tuesday announced the selection of Pete Aguilar to replace Javier Gonzales.

    Aguilar start Jan. 1 and will serve the rest of Gonzales’ term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2010. Gonzales is leaving to become a member of the Board of Regents at New Mexico State University.

  • Council expected to select public housing director

    The Las Vegas City Council will consider hiring a new director for the local public housing authority. at its meeting Wednesday night.

    The council’s agenda states that the recommended candidate is Robert Pacheco, but it doesn’t indicate what his experience is.

    The position has been vacant since the summer when a council majority voted to let go the housing director and five other city directors.

    City officials have taken a go-slow approach to filling the six vacant positions, saying the city is benefitting from the savings in a tight budget year.

  • Officials announce DWI crackdown

    Police from Las Vegas and throughout New Mexico are giving drunken drivers fair warning as they announced their newest initiative.

    They are launching the kickoff of the Winter Enforcement Campaign and Holiday DWI Super blitz. Checkpoints and intense enforcement measures have already begun and will continue through Jan. 4, officials said.

  • Union questions local hospital

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is quietly laying off members of a union and encouraging new employees not to join, a union leader says.

    Meanwhile, the hospital says it is pursuing its rights by seeking a court review of last year’s election. Officials said Alta Vista has no plans to negotiate pending the outcome of the review.

    Louie Rael, a registered nurse and a spokesman for the union, said that in the last couple of weeks, Alta Vista has let go six people — all of whom are union members.

  • Highlands University names budget director

    Highlands University has hired a budget director, a position that officials say will help the school through troubled economic times.

    The director, Eileen Bentley, brings a wealth of university budget management experience to her new position, including 18 years at Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey, according to a Highlands press release.

  • Communicate more, panel says

    Film companies should communicate better with the community when they are planning their productions, an advisory panel recommends.

    The Plaza Task Force, a mayor-appointed committee, suggested that the city’s permitting procedure should require that film companies provide formal notification letters to local businesses affected. Additionally, the location manager should be required to submit proof in the form of business owners’ signatures that they were notified of the impacts, the panel advises.

  • Judge: Court needs a car

    Municipal Judge Eddie says he’ll return the keys for the court’s city-issued car once he gets assurances that his staff will still have access to a vehicle.

    In a memo last week to City Manager Sharon Caballero, the judge said that his clerks need access to a city car to run errands that are essential for court business. They regularly go to the bank for deposits, the post office, the Police Department, and Magistrate and District courts, and the state Motor Vehicle Division office, he said.

  • HU may absorb Santa Fe college

    Highlands University is considering whether to assume control over the College of Santa Fe.

    A top Highlands official said the university is serious about the option of taking over the College of Santa Fe.

    Higher Education Secretary Reed Dasenbrock has been charged with exploring the possibility of bringing the College of Santa Fe into the state’s higher education system, Gov. Bill Richardson announced Wednesday.

    The College of Santa Fe has been suffering major financial difficulties.

  • Could East, West share costs?

    Just about every government entity is looking at cutting costs because of declining tax revenue.

    The East and West school districts are no different. And the leaders of those two districts say they would look at opportunities to share costs.

    Veronica Garcia, secretary of the state Department of Education, sent a letter to all school superintendents suggesting they need to begin looking for ways to save money.

  • City OKs moratorium to prevent winter gas shutoffs

    The city has enacted its own policy on prohibiting shutoffs of natural gas to the poor during the winter months.

    And it comes with an acronym that’s hard to forget — WARM, which stands for the Winter Assistance Repayment Method.

    Recently, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for the shutoff moratorium from Nov. 15 to March 15 of each year.