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Today's News

  • Board rejects charter school

    The Bridge Academy’s days appear to be numbered.

    The Las Vegas City Schools on Tuesday voted 3-2 against renewing the charter school’s charter, with board President Elaine Luna casting the deciding vote.

    Board members Ramon “Swoops” Montao and Phillip Vigil voted for the school to continue operation, while Luna, Patrick Romero and Philip Leger were against.

    Thirty-five students attend the school, which serves ninth- through 12th-graders.

  • Utility revisits number of trustees

    In the summer, members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative voted to reduce the number of trustees from 11 to five — an attempt to reduce the utility’s costs.

    But that decision may soon be reversed.

  • Gonzales receiving student support

    Highlands University Regent Javier Gonzales, a Democrat who is considering whether to run for Congress, has attracted some local support.

    Former student body president Jesse Lopez has organized a group of students who are supporting Gonzales’ possible run for the 3rd congressional district seat.

    Gonzales said he would make a decision in the next couple of weeks. He said he wanted to wait until Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., makes his announcement for his expected run for the Senate.

  • The colors of peace

    In the midst of dark, war-torn 1939, artist Marc Chagall feared his days were numbered. The Nazis marched toward Paris, toward the small enclave of artists and intellectuals housing the middle-aged Russian Jew. Chagall hid his works as best he could; he placed his etchings on Biblical themes — the beginnings of a series he started after a visit to Palestine — in a locked trunk and shipped them to a Swiss friend.

  • Las Vegas bank plans to change its name

    Las Vegas has New Mexico’s oldest state bank, and soon, it will have its newest.

    Bank of Las Vegas, founded in 1890, is the oldest. And starting Dec. 3, First National Bank will be called Community First Bank to reflect its new state designation.

    First National President Keith Tucker said the change was made because state banking regulations are more geared to New Mexicans, while national bank rules are designed for the banking conglomerates.

    Already, one of First National’s competitors appears to be trying to gain mileage from the name change.

  • New club communicates a vision

    A new club is silently voicing its presence at Highlands University and in the community of Las Vegas.

    It’s called the American Sign Language Club of Highlands University, and it’s reaching out to both the hearing and deaf communities. The deaf community in Las Vegas is about a dozen people, said Carol Litherland, club sponsor and American Sign Language instructor.

  • Vegas students build replicas

    Building replicas of Las Vegas landmarks was a fun project for Lauri Madrid’s second-grade class at Paul D. Henry Elementary.

    Displayed along the hall outside Madrid’s classroom were miniatures of places like K-Bobs, Plaza Hotel, Fort Union Drive-in and Robertson High School. Gabriella Tafoya said she was a big Cowboy fan and wanted to resurrect the old Highlands highrise.

    Tafoya took a 4-by-4 block of wood and painted windows and the name of her favorite team, the Cowboys, to complete her project.

  • Luna group looking at how it can grow its fund

    The Luna Community College Foundation, which provides scholarships for students, could get a better return on its investments, officials said last week.

    The foundation now has $242,000, which is a big increase from the few thousand dollars it had just a few years ago. But officials said the foundation could further increase the amount.

    This calendar year, $44,000 was distributed in scholarships, according to the foundation. About 40 students benefitted.

  • Treasurer wants to collect on taxes for moved trailers

    San Miguel County’s treasurer wants to send a message: If you move your mobile home, you’re going to have to pay your taxes.

    Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz is proposing the County Commission pass an ordinance requiring mobile home owners to pay their property taxes, even if they move such homes to other places in New Mexico. He said the ordinance would require mobile home owners to get permits before moving their structures. That process is already in place, but he said the ordinance would formalize the procedure.

  • Advocate: Go after sources of DWI

    When it comes to conquering the problem of drinking and driving, society will have to go after the sources of the problem, an anti-DWI advocate said last week.

    Ray Collins, whose daughter and her family died in an alcohol-related crash in November 2006, said he will lobby at the Legislature, as he did last year, for the enactment of stiffer laws.