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  • Does the shoe fit?

    Robertson High School student Elsa Hall, as Cinderella, tries on the “glass slipper” in the fractured fairytale play “Into the Woods Jr.”

    The play was performed last weekend at RHS, and included appearances by characters from Rapunzel, Jack and the Bean Stalk and Little Red Riding Hood.

  • New Mexico seeks energy savings in state building upgrades

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — New Mexico is pushing forward with multimillion-dollar, energy-saving upgrades to its portfolio of agency buildings in the state capital, as part of an emerging climate-change strategy from Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

    The General Services Department that oversees more than 800 buildings plans to invest $32 million on projects to improve the energy efficiency of state buildings in Santa Fe and generate on-site renewable electricity with photo-voltaic solar panels.

  • This couple is trash

    Students at the United World College in Montezuma held their Visual Arts Exhibition last weekend.

    The event showcased the works of 18 international high school students, with more than 180 pieces on display. This “mister and misses” couple is made out of garbage. Works created over a span of two years include paintings, sculptures, installations and digital photography.

    The show will remain open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, April 21.

  • New career clothing closet for students

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Highlands University Career Services Office has started a free career clothing closet to help the university’s students look their best at job interviews.

    “With their other college expenses, many students cannot afford professional outfits to wear to an interview or job,” said Jennifer Hooper of Career Services. “We are starting a career clothing closet at no charge to our students to help better prepare them for job seeking and the workplace.”

  • Parent expresses concerns with elementary school staff

    During public input at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education meeting, a parent said an employee at Mike Mateo Elementary School had been bullying and harassing students.

    RaeDawn Price listed a flurry of ways Secretary Bernadette Trujillo had create a hostile environment, including no running for indoor recess, no talking during lunch, taking away play periods from students, yelling at staff in front of children and not calling students by their preferred name.

  • WLV makes little progress on valedictorian dilemma

    West Las Vegas’ Board of Education and its administration found themselves in a quandary last week, due to the revelation that the high school’s student handbooks and the policy manual are at odds on how to choose the valedictorian.

    After a special board meeting Tuesday, the board voted 3-1 to utilize the student handbooks offered to high school students, and any changes to the policy manual would apply to next school year’s incoming freshman clas — a suggestion put forth by Superintendent Chris Guttierez.

  • City postpones action on two zoning proposals

    Eighteen people signed up for the public comment period during Wednesday night’s regular monthly Las Vegas City Council meeting — but nearly all of them spoke about two proposed zoning changes that were taken off the agenda at the start of the meeting.

    Changes from residential to commercial zoning was recently approved by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to the parcels of land used the past two summers by the Tierra Encantada Market.

  • Hot blaze on Hot Springs

    Crews were dispatched to a house fire in the 2200 block of Hot Springs Boulevard at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

    The structure was unoccupied at the time and was in the process of a remodel. A live power line, draped over a section of the house, slowing extinguishment of that portion.

    New Mexico State Fire investigators have not yet determined a cause. There were no injuries. Off-duty personnel, as well as Sheridan and Gallinas volunteers, assisted Las Vegas Fire in containing the fire to the one house.

  • Jury finds ex-priest guilty of sex abuse

    By Morgan Lee and Mary Hudetz, Associated Press



    SANTA FE — A jury found a former Roman Catholic priest who was captured in Morocco guilty last week of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico in the early 1990s.

  • Dental asst. students showcase their work

    By Dave Kavanaugh, Luna Community College

    As part of Dental Assistants Recognition Week, four Luna Community College students in the dental assistant program demonstrated clinical techniques and procedures they’ve learned during a special event on Friday, March 8, on campus.

    Three of the students ­— Mariano Gallegos, Destiny Lujan and Terrilee Vasquez — showed guests video presentations of their work. A fourth, Destiny DeHerrera, made her presentation live.