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Today's News

  • 2003 firing was a mistake

    Former West Las Vegas Superintendent Barbara Perea Casey, and her husband, Frank, a special education teacher’s aide, received $375,000 to settle a lawsuit over their 2003 firings.

    The settlement had the typical provisions: The district couldn’t say anything bad about them, and at the same time, West Las Vegas acknowledged no wrongdoing in the terminations.

    At first glance, that’s a bit unsatisfying.

  • Trustee: Back college president

    Ambrose Castellano, chairman of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees, said last week that his colleagues need to show their support for the school’s interim president, Sigfredo Maestas.

    As such, he said he called for the board to meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at its campus meeting room, in part, to address a proposed agreement with a consultant that failed to pass at a meeting last week because the trustees deadlocked.

  • Highlands appealing ruling on School of Education

    Highlands University is appealing a ruling from an agency that evaluates the School of Education. But officials are emphasizing that the school remains accredited.

    A team from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE, visited the university’s School of Education during the fall of 2006. The group said the school made improvements since the team’s 2004 visit, but the department had not set up a sufficient assessment system of its students and programs.

  • Inside the Capitol - Respect for the aliens

    SANTA FE — “Surely you must be joking.” That’s what 62 percent of the respondents to an Albuquerque Journal readers’ poll said regarding the outer space theme of this year’s New Mexico entry in the Rose Parade.

    Most of those respondents likely were from Albuquerque. If the float had balloons on it, their assessment may would have been far different.

  • Hundreds see New Mexico debut

    A man carrying a hunting rifle squints. He stands on the rim of a bowl-shaped depression, his mustache dripping with sweat. Heat rises from sparse desert scrub, from the splay of dust-splattered pickup trucks belching bloodied flesh.

    His boots barely sink into ground as he gingerly makes his way down the canyon side; there is no water, no comfort, nothing to absorb the fury of maggot and sun.

  • Vegas churches planning joint Thanksgiving service

    A group of Las Vegas churches is coming together next week to give thanks — and, hopefully, expand their ministries with a revitalized spirit of unity.

    An ecumenical Thanksgiving service is being held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Peace Church at Eighth Street and National Avenue.

    Six churches are participating in the service being sponsored by the Las Vegas Ministerial Alliance.

  • Sixth grade songs of hope

    Billie Mathews’ sixth grade class listened attentively as Si Khan addressed the Rio Gallinas School student assembly.

    “Each of us has a voice. What we do with that voice is up to each one of us. Will you use your voice for good? To make a difference in the world? Only you can answer that question.” Khan arched his left fingers in a minor chord before launching into the next song. “My heart tells me you will all use your voices for good.”

  • When you're the talk of the town

    The gossipers. The whisperers. Whatever you want to call them, they’re inevitable. The butter these people churn is everywhere we turn and even when we don’t realize it.

    What I do realize though, is that being a subject to gossip is one of the sacrifices one makes when living in a small town. It comes with the territory. Anyone who is somebody is going to be talked about and they just have to accept it. Even the nobodies are talked about; it’s unavoidable.

  • DeMARE Fine Art opens on National Ave.

    Nancy Bohm held a warm cup of chai tea. She glanced at a painting splashed in hues of rich reds, the black of midnight. It hung, heavy, against an off-white wall. The fierce bodies of stag, antlers angled in flight, seemed to leap from the paint, as if the canvas caught fire.

  • Sheriff makes far fewer DWI arrests

    The San Miguel Sheriff’s Department maintains that it is focused on reducing drunken driving. But the agency is making far fewer such arrests than it used to, according to statistics.

    In 1999, the department arrested 80 people for DWI, almost as many as the Las Vegas Police Department, according to a study by a state-funded consultant. Since then, the number has dropped sharply — 53 in 2000, 21 in 2001, 12 in 2002 and 4 in 2003.

    The county no longer benefits from such reports because of a lack of funding.