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  • Highlands eyes orientation charge

    The Highlands University student affairs committee heard a request to approve a fee that new students would have to pay to attend the mandatory orientation for incoming freshmen.

    After hearing a presentation, the panel voted to recommend the fee to the Board of Regents.

  • District Court starts county pilot adult drug court

    The District Court in San Miguel County has set up a pilot adult drug court, which officials say is a major step toward effectively addressing the local drug problem.

    The Fourth Judicial District drug court seeks to provide treatment and rehabilitation of offenders with substance abuse problems.

  • Gonzales says he rejects partisanship

    Marco Gonzales, a 10-year legislative assistant to Sen. Pete Domenici, was in Las Vegas on Friday to announce his candidacy as a Republican for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

    The GOP candidate spoke to a group of five supporters at Spic and Span. The 5 o’clock evening hour might have been part of the reason for the small turnout.

    Gonzales said maintaining and expanding the mission of Los Alamos National Laboratory would be a primary focus if he were elected to Congress.

  • Man accused of ramming cars

    A Las Vegas man is accused of ramming cars and nearly hitting four people in the process, police say.

    Marvin Martinez, 21, 119 Railroad Ave., was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated and criminal damage.

    According to a police report, Martinez rammed several cars in the 5100 block of Hightower north of town shortly after midnight last Tuesday. When state police officers showed up, they witnessed Martinez hitting a white minivan, the report states.

  • West OKs contract for sports facility

    The West Las Vegas School board last week approved a master plan and contract for the first phase of the multi-purpose sports facility.

    The board indicated the necessity to have the project move forward before asking for more money for the next phase.

    The board also discussed its legislative agenda concerning the athletic complex, calling it the district’s No. 1 priority. The Legislature starts meeting this week.

  • Land Office: E-mail broke state policy

    An employee in the State Land Office used the state e-mail system to spread the message suggesting that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is involved in a radical Islamic conspiracy to take over America.

    He sent the e-mail to nearly four dozen people, many of whom are employees in state government, including Public Regulation Commission Chairman Ben Ray Lujan, who is a Democratic candidate for Congress.

    The e-mail was also sent to a Las Vegas city councilman, a local merchant and reporters for the Optic and the Albuquerque Journal, among others in Las Vegas.

  • LV Optic says story filled with untruths

    A front-page story in today’s Tri-County News-Times about the Las Vegas Optic is filled with inaccuracies and misinformation, Optic publisher Tom McDonald said this morning.

    The article reports that the Las Vegas Optic is up for sale and that News-Times owner Chris Lopez has made an offer to buy the daily newspaper. He suggested that the News-Times is causing the Optic’s sale.

  • Campos fields Luna's questions

    Luna Community College presidential finalist Pete Campos says he has suffered “sleepless nights” recently in dealing with the public scrutiny and speculation surrounding his bid to become the school’s leader on top of his regular responsibilities.

    “Over the last three weeks, I’ve gone through different levels of scrutiny,” he said. “There have been sleepless nights.”

  • Many oppose planned development

    Residents from the village of Las Tusas and Sapello packed this week’s County Commission meeting to voice their opposition to a proposed subdivision they say would have a devastating impact on the area.

    After hearing the complaints, the commission decided to delay the matter.

    Karen Royal, the daughter of the couple submitting the application to subdivide, called the opposition liars and gossipers.

  • Highlands drops appeal on accreditation

    Highlands University has dropped its appeal of a ruling by an agency that evaluates the School of Education.

    Highlands will no longer have its accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE.

    University officials assure the public that it is a specialty accreditation and that all of its education programs remain fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and by the state Public Education Department.