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Today's News

  • Report: RHS coaches didn't respond quickly

    Coaches at Robertson High School failed to adequately supervise boys at a football camp last month or look into allegations of sexual assault by other players, allowing more boys to fall victim, according to a report from district officials.

    After the allegations surfaced, six football players were suspended 10 days for violating the district’s anti-bullying policy. Five subsequently were suspended through the end of the year; a sixth was expelled.

  • 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.

  • Memorial Middle School runners taking off

    Under the tutelage of Georgianne Brown, Memorial Middle School’s cross country teams are making some serious strides this season.

    Memorial’s girls’ team (made up primarily of sixth graders) started the year by winning at Espaola. “On top of that,” Brown said, “many of the girls established good times and other personal accomplishments.”

  • 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.”

  • Cowgirl spikers sweep Zias

    The smiles are back for New Mexico Highlands University’s volleyball players.

    Playing with visible enthusiasm, the Cowgirls opened their home schedule Tuesday night with a rare sweep of intrastate rival Eastern New Mexico, 25-12, 25-17, 25-17.

    Among Highlands’ players — who endured a 4-24 campaign last year but have won five of 10 this season — he mood was light even as the play was disciplined.

    “It’s good to see smiles on their faces,” said first-year head coach Jim Deisler.

  • 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.

  • OPTIC POWER PICKS leaderboard

    OPTIC POWER PICKS

    Official League Standings, Top 20

    PLAYER, TOTAL WINS, (LAST WEEK'S PICKS)

    T-1. Geri Chavez, 10 (Car, Cin, GB, Jax, KC, Ind, NYG, Wash, Sea, TB, Ariz, Den, NYJ, Pitt, Dal)

    T-1. James Esquibel, 10 (Car, Ten, GB, Jax, KC, Minn, NYG, Wash, Sea, Atl, Ariz, Den, NE, Pitt, Dal)

    T-1. Mary Alice Ortiz, 10 (Car, Cin, GB, Jax, KC, Ind, NYG, Wash, SF, TB, Mia, Den, NYJ, Pitt, Dal)