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  • Students talk about UWC's strengths

    One student talked about how she didn’t trust anyone after growing up during a civil war. That’s when she found out about United World College.

    On Saturday, the local school held its graduation, as always celebrating it with the cultures of the participating students.

    Vietnamese student To Nhu Huynh said, “It seems like every day there is something new to explore and you are always amazed at how the people and the place changes you in incredible ways.”

  • Residents pay respects to war dead

    The stars and stripes encircled Veterans Memorial Park Monday as Las Vegans gathered to remember and honor soldiers, sailors and airmen past and present.

    Lt. Col. Luis Gonzales, the master of ceremonies, said military history in northern New Mexico is well known throughout the state. He noted that Las Vegas’ Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1547 is the oldest post in the state.

  • State auditor encourages young people to succeed

    New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas in his keynote address encouraged the Robertson High School class of 2008 to be brilliant.

    “I would like you to live a brilliant life — the word brilliant is often used to describe mathematicians, artists, an athlete that makes a last second shot, but I believe each one of you possesses the energy, the talent, the will, the drive and the values to lead a brilliant life,” Balderas told the class.

  • West graduates urged to pursue their education

    Most of the graduates at West Las Vegas High School’s graduation raised their hands Saturday when asked if they planned to pursue higher education.

    And that’s exactly what commencement speaker Ralph Arellanes wanted to see.

    At West’s graduation Saturday, 110 students got their diplomas, including 11 from the Family Partnership, in a packed Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

  • RHS grads

    Michael Abeyta

    Alyssa Abreu

    Ashly Aragon

    Christine Aragon

    Jared Aragon

    Kimberly Aragon

    Marcos Aragon

    James Archuleta

    Amber Armijo

    Bryce Baca

    Crystal Baca

    Larissa Baca

    Gregory Baker

    Leigh Barrera

    Eric Benavidez

    Heather Billie

    Savannah Borquez

    Bjorn Boydston

    Latishia Cano

    Kim Carrillo

    Dominick Chavez

    Garrett Chavez

    Sabastian Clayton

    Cheryl Conway

    Angelica Cordova

    Jose Crespin

    La Rae Crespin

    Darrel Cruz

    Alicia DeHerrera

  • WLVHS grads

    Lee Allingham

    Renee Alvino

    Estelle Arellanes

    Ramona Arellanes

    Ethan Arguello

    Marquita Arguello

    Justin Armijo

    Estellina Avila

    Michael Baca

    Nicholas Baca

    Briana Brito

    Wayne Campbell

    Angelo Carrillo

    Emily Casillas

    Ryan Chavarria

    Christopher Chavez

    Jennifer Chavez

    Jeffrey Clark

    Cassandra Coca

    Amber Cordova

    Arturo "Tudy" Crespin

    Jay Crespin

    Jessica Crespin

    Ruben Dimas

    Brandon Encinias

    Estevan Flores

    Raul Flores-Ramirez

  • Residents want compressed natural gas station back

    The city’s compressed natural gas station broke down a couple of weeks ago, and now residents are requesting the city find a way to get it back up and running.

    Residents say it’s important to have the station that provides a relatively cheap fuel, especially as gas prices are rising toward $4 a gallon. They also argued that it’s a much cleaner energy.

  • State rep leads in fundraising

    State Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, is leading his two opponents so far in fundraising.

    Vigil has raised $8,000 in his bid for a sixth two-year term, more than half of which comes from out-of-district residents and groups. In his 2006 campaign, he raised three times that amount.

    Vigil, who started with a balance of $3,600, has spend more than $9,000 so far.

    Also running in District 70 are building contractor Travis Regensberg and Luna Community College employee Naomi Montoya.

  • City Council decides to go with new ambulance firm

    A few months ago, Santa Fe-based Rocky Mountain EMS provided ambulance service for both Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

    Soon, it won’t serve either.

    In February, the County Commission voted to sever its longtime relationship with Rocky, instead choosing Albuquerque-based Superior Ambulance. The City Council is going in the same direction.

    The council voted Wednesday to authorize the city to enter negotiations with Superior.

  • Vigil attorney says state 'piling on'

    SANTA FE — The attorney for Roberta Vigil, West Las Vegas’ former bilingual director, on Wednesday accused the state of “piling on” in its efforts against his client.

    Attorney Sam Bregman was responding to the state Public Education Department’s two-day hearing to present its case for revoking Vigil’s educational license. He said Vigil last week informed the state agency that she would voluntarily give up her license.