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  • District clearing mold

    A crew is working on getting rid of mold inside Union Elementary School.

    On Wednesday, the crew disinfected the mold with bleach and covered it with primer. That process resulted in some children getting nauseated, Superintendent Jim Abreu said.

    The mold was caused by problems with the school’s roof, which the district fixed on a short-term basis, Abreu said. Next summer, the district plans to replace the roof.

  • RHS band prepares for concert

    At last week’s Electric Light Parade, the bands from both West Las Vegas High and Middle schools took part.

    And so did Moriarty High School’s, which had to endure a two-hour drive.

    Noticeably missing was Robertson High School’s band. The parade is likely the biggest local event in which school musicians can show off their talents.

    But Robertson’s longtime band director, Wally Sanchez, said he had good reasons for not having his band participate. It was the second year in a row in which it didn’t.

  • Suspect sent to state hospital

    The trial for a woman accused of killing an 83-year-old man has been further delayed because she has been sent to the state hospital to determine her competency.

    Jessica Livingston, 24, is charged with an open count of murder in the June 2007 death of Jose Apodaca. She and Dolores Salazar, 19, allegedly robbed Apodaca and then dragged him with their car.

    Livingston had been scheduled to attend a status hearing on her case on Nov. 17, but four days before, she tried to kill herself in the San Miguel County jail, according to court documents.

  • Wind farm may offer money

    In Fond du Lac County, Wis., wind power developer Invenergy paid $500 per year to property owners within a third of a mile of any of its turbines. Property owners near more than one turbine were paid $750.

    A similar deal is not out of the question for a project in San Miguel County, an Invenergy executive says.

  • HU arrests two in burglary

    Highlands University police arrested two people in connection with an on-campus burglary during the Thanksgiving break.

    Highlands Police Chief Scott Scarborough said the campus’ newly installed security cameras helped identify two suspects accused of stealing electronics from a residence hall.

  • Wind farm may offer money

    In Fond du Lac County, Wis., wind power developer Invenergy paid $500 per year to property owners within a third of a mile of any of its turbines. Property owners near more than one turbine were paid $750.

    A similar deal is not out of the question for a project in San Miguel County, an Invenergy executive says.

  • Officials: No help on green projects

    Kenny Lujan, chairman of the West Las Vegas school board, says he wants more green construction in the district, but he complained that the state won’t help out.

    During a special board meeting last week, Lujan said the state Public School Facilities Authority will not pay for environmentally friendly projects.

    Robert Gorrell, the agency’s director, said Wednesday that such comments are “laughable.”

    “We have led the way for alternative energy in public schools,” he said.

  • Mayor struggles to get information

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez wants answers from state government about the intent for more than $1 million in funding.

    But he says has hasn’t received any definitive information.

    The state Water Trust Board has apparently approved a change in the purpose for the $1.2 million. The board operates through the New Mexico Finance Authority and works with the state Environment Department.

  • Denish picks Las Vegan for her transition team

    A Las Vegan is joining Lt. Gov. Diane Denish’s transition team as she prepares to become the next governor.

    Former Las Vegas Mayor Matt Martinez was named Wednesday as the leader of the Healthy Families and Communities Advisory Team.

    Martinez, who manages KNMX and KMDZ radio stations, is the vice president of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. He served as mayor from 1998 to 2000.

  • Woman facing fraud charges

    A Las Vegas woman is accused of illegally using people’s credit card numbers to take money from a cash register at her workplace.

    Jessica Gamel, 21, 1620 1/2 Eighth St., faces 18 counts of fraud and six counts of forgery.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, the owner of Pino’s Restaurant told officers last week that he believed Gamel, one of his waitresses, got several credit card numbers taking reservations in her job at Plaza Hotel and used them to her benefit at Pino’s.