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  • Suspect veers toward officers

    A suspected drunken driver swerved off the road toward unlikely targets — two state police cars with officers standing next to them.

    The two officers were at 205 Chico Drive when Patrick Trujillo, 24, 820 N. Grand Ave., was speeding on the wrong side of the street shortly after 7 p.m. Monday, nearly wrecking when he rounded a curve, according to a state police report. The car drifted onto the grass shoulder, approaching the squad cars. One of the officers told Trujillo to stop, but he drove away.

  • Bullies beware

    Los Nios Elementary School students are taking a stand against bullying.

    They listened to an anti-bullying lecture by principal Floyd Chavez followed by kids circling the school holding hands to show they are united against bullying.

    Administrators, teachers and staff in the Las Vegas City Schools district say they are more aware than ever of the pervasive nature of bullying after a violent case of hazing that allegedly took place at a football camp recently.

  • Assistant coach loses his cool, then his job, police say

    Anthony Labella reportedly admits to losing his cool — and he’s suffering the consequences.

    The assistant football coach for Taos High School was arrested in connection with allegedly attacking a student after Taos lost to West Las Vegas 36-12 at Highlands University’s stadium on Friday. He apparently lost his job right away.

    While the team and coaches returned home in their bus, Labella, 43, was taken to jail. He faces charges of abuse of a child and aggravated battery.

  • Utility board member stays on

    The customers of a utility serving northeastern New Mexico enacted a bylaw this summer requiring members of its board of trustees and the utility’s attorney to resign when they run for and hold partisan elected offices.

    Now, some are saying that the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative is violating the new bylaw, which a big majority of members passed during the utility’s annual meeting in June.

  • Three RHS students ousted

    Three of six Robertson High School football players are suspended for the rest of the school year in connection with alleged hazing at a team camp.

    June Romero, a hearing officer hired by the district, handed down the decisions after hearings that lasted all day and into the evening Tuesday.

    The hearings for two other students have been delayed, but no dates have been set. Romero is going to take some time to consider the remaining student’s case.

  • Highlands golf fees criticized

    Highlands University’s golf course reopened last month, but some are complaining about the higher fees.

    School officials, however, say they set the rates in a way that the 18-hole golf course would pay for itself.

    The Gene Torres Golf Course opened Aug. 23 after more than two years of renovations.

    The new annual membership costs $1,100, with a 20 percent discount for faculty and staff.

  • Campos appoints members

    Luna Community College President Pete Campos has appointed a new board of directors for the school’s foundation, nearly two months after a controversy erupted over his predecessor’s decision to remove four members.

    The new members are Dante Vigil, Ernesto Salazar, Antonio Ortega, Phil Wolff, Katherine Marquez, Christina Campos, Darlene Baca, Matt Martinez and Zita Lopez.

  • More Luna programs expected

    Department directors at Luna Community College say they want to tell the public about many of the offerings at the college.

    “We have a lot going on, we’re kind of bursting at the seams — we’ve kind of reached our capacity with a 100 nursing students and about 250 pre-nursing students,” said Conni Reichert, Luna’s health sciences director.

    Reichert said the school of nursing is in the process accreditation.

  • Taos football coach arrested in Las Vegas

    A coach for the Taos football team was arrested Friday night shortly after his team lost to West Las Vegas.

    Anthony Paul Labella, 43, of Arroyo Hondo faces charges of abandonment or abuse of a child and aggravated battery.

    According to state police, Labella was angry with his team after losing to West. “You (expletive) need to learn how to tackle,” he allegedly told his players.

    The 14-year-old victim was asked to stand up. The coach allegedly tackled him from the front and caused him to fall. The teen told officers he suffered lower back pain.

  • District reinstates athletic director

    The Las Vegas City Schools has reinstated its athletic director, Mike Yara, who had been placed on paid administrative leave in connection with an investigation into hazing at a football camp.

    “Mike Yara handled this matter very appropriately given the information he had,” Rick Romero, the district’s superintendent, said today.

    Romero had also placed head Robertson High School football coach Ray Woods and his staff on leave because of the alleged hazing. At least one allegation involves a player being sodomized with a broomstick.