Local News

  • Three students appeal

    Three of the six Robertson High School students suspected of hazing others at a football camp last month have appealed their suspensions to the school board.

    The board has 15 days to hear the appeals, Superintendent Rick Romero said Tuesday.

    “I’ll be meeting with the school district’s attorney over the next several days about the process,” Romero said.

    He said he fully expects a fourth student to file an appeal soon.

  • Hazing victim's name revealed in TV report

    A state police report released last week on the alleged hazing during a Robertson High School football camp included the names of the six victims.

    But the print and television media declined to release the information to the public out of concern for the victims — with at least one exception.

    A few days ago, a reporter on Albuquerque’s Channel 13 KRQE showed one of the pages of the report to the camera, close enough for viewers to see a victim’s name. By the station’s account, it was a mistake.

  • City planning to fix gas line

    The city is looking to spend $300,000 in emergency repairs to its natural gas line to meet the requirements of federal pipeline safety laws.

    The City Council will consider the project at its meeting today. Officials said the work can be accomplished by professionals with equipment and tools that aren’t available to the city.

    Councilman Morris Madrid said it’s imperative that work be done to the nearly 40-year-old line. The city owns the portion of the line from Las Vegas to Colmar, which is in Colfax County, north of town.

  • Freshmen wear graduation garb

    Taking photographs in cap and gown is a ritual traditionally reserved for seniors.

    Not anymore.

    Eddie King, Robertson High School’s assistant principal, said it was a good idea for freshmen at the school to envision themselves graduating from high school in May 2012.

    “I first learned about the idea at a High Schools That Work conference I attended in Nashville this summer,” King said. “This project is an outgrowth of what many high schools are doing across the country in an effort to improve graduation rates.”

  • KFC cashier accused of theft

    A cashier at Kentucky Fried Chicken is accused of stealing a credit card after a customer accidentally left without it.

    Stella M. Martinez, 26, 2324 Calle Contenta, was arrested on a charge of theft of a credit card.

    According to a state police report, a customer from Rio Rancho reported that she went to KFC around 5:30 p.m. Sunday to buy a meal. She told officers that the cashier didn't give her card back and that she left without getting it.

  • Resident seeks school bus for neighborhood

    Mike Garcia and his grandson live on the east side of town, but the grandson attends West Las Vegas High School.

    Garcia, who lives with his grandson, says he or his wife take their grandson to school every day. They live in the Country Acres subdivision north of town and would like to have a West bus to be able pick up children in that area.

    He said he even has received an assurance from a West board member that the district could take a bus to Country Acres but that West would need approval from the Las Vegas City Schools to cross the districts’ common boundary.

  • HU group makes illegal donation

    The Highlands University Foundation has violated federal tax law by donating to a political campaign. Now, the group is trying to get the money back.

    Recently, the Optic discovered that the foundation, whose main purpose is to provide scholarships to students, gave $250 last September to the campaign of state Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocat.

    The foundation is a charitable nonprofit in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service. To enjoy that status, such groups are forbidden from donating to political campaigns.

  • Earth-driven

    For the last several years, students at Memorial Middle School have become tuned in to a variety of earth-friendly ways of growing food and harnessing energy.

    Using the Agricultural Science Center as a learning tool, kids have built wind turbines, studied solar power and methods of composting, and used their greenhouse for experiments.

  • College plans to improve trades

    Gilbert Loera has been taking vocational classes for nine years at Luna Community College. He’s not taking them to start a new career; he just wants to pick up new skills.

    “I’ve been taking classes over and over. I’m not here to profit. I’m doing it for myself,” he said.

    He was one of 30 residents who take carpentry, welding and automotive classes who met with Luna’s president, Pete Campos, last week.

  • Shopping center in the works

    The old Kmart building in Las Vegas is undergoing renovation to develop a new retail center and office complex named Legion Plaza.

    Carlos M. Lopez, owner and president of Northern Builders LLC, said last week that he is beginning construction.

    “We anticipate that the building will be fully occupied and open for business by the end of the year,” Lopez said in a press release.