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  • 122 graduate from childhood center

    Family and friends of Early Childhood Center kindergartners filled Ilfeld Auditorium during morning and afternoon graduation ceremonies Wednesday.

    This is the second year Highlands University has opened its doors to the tots to accommodate the large number of graduates — 122 — and audience members.

    Previously, ECC held at least four separate programs.

    In a letter to parents and graduates, Principal LeeEtte Quintana said the school had made great gains this year in reading with 92 percent of students performing at grade level.

  • Candidate reports signs damaged

    Travis Regensberg, a candidate for state representative, has reported that eight of his signs have been damaged.

    The signs feature his photo as well as the slogan, “Amigo de la Gente.” In a number of cases, his picture has been kicked out and vulgar names have been spraypainted over the signs, he said.

    He said he planned to keep up the signs so others would see that a few are cowardly.

  • Economic group seeks more money from city

    An official from an economic development group asked the city this week to more than double its annual donation, contending the increase would yield dividends for Las Vegas.

    Sharon Caballero, executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, requested that the city increase its annual contribution from $40,000 — where it has stood for years — to $102,000.

    “I realize $102,000 may be dreaming a little bit,” she said.

  • Good news on housing 'premature'

    The city got good news, but it proved incorrect.

    This week, Gary Gaylord, the contract accountant for the Las Vegas Public Housing Authority, told the City Council that he had good news: A federal agency had removed the authority’s troubled designation, although it remained unofficial.

    “All the work the staff has done to get us there has been wonderful. We want to keep it that way,” he said.

    The only problem: The authority is still deemed troubled.

  • Rival objects to candidate's presence in clerk's office

    A dispute has erupted between the two candidates for county clerk in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

    Candidate Richard Medina is questioning why his opponent, Melanie Rivera, a county clerk’s employee, was in the office on Tuesday. He noted a county policy that mandates employees running for county office be on leave for 30 days before an election.

    Rivera, supervisor of the clerk’s Bureau of Elections, confirmed she was in the office for five minutes and that it was her first time there since she started her leave a few weeks ago.

  • Exceeding expectations

    A West Las Vegas student group took home scores of awards, but some members apparently thought they could have done even better.

    West Las Vegas Middle School Business Professionals of America excelled at the National Competition in Reno, Nev., recently bringing home 83 awards.

    Principal Josephine Romero said she was proud of her students.

  • Area man convicted of hurting girlfriend

    An area man has been found guilty of pistol-whipping his girlfriend in one incident and throwing her off a recliner in another, officials said.

    District Attorney Richard Flores reported that Russell Gonzales was convicted recently in a jury trial in District Court. He was convicted of aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence, Flores said.

  • Lawyer: State 'hiding' evidence

    The attorney for West Las Vegas’ former superintendent contends the state attorney general’s office has hidden evidence from a grand jury.

    Last week, Kathleen Love, attorney for Joe Baca, asked District Court in San Miguel County to demand that the state present evidence and witnesses to the grand jury, which is slated to be convened soon.

    Grand juries are rare in San Miguel County; most defendants get preliminary hearings in which their attorneys get to cross-examine the state’s witnesses.

  • Official: Evidence shows bias at Luna

    The head of a state agency has determined that a former Luna Community College employee has enough evidence to show he was a victim of discrimination.

    On May 20, Francie Cordova, director of the state Human Rights Division, issued a “probable cause” determination in the case of Hans Kuss, a former Luna student services counselor.

    The discrimination was based on race, national origin and retaliation, Cordova states.

  • Dispute may mean new election for trustee position

    Daniel Romero thought last week that a one-vote victory meant he would stay on the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees.

    Now it’s not such a sure thing.

    Romero, who represents the San Juan-based District 4, prevailed over opponent Louis Clayton during last week’s trustee election with 34 votes to 33.

    But Clayton has filed a protest, saying the utility didn’t meet a quorum requirement on voting day.