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  • Welding class gets updated machines

    The metals shop at Robertson High School had some pretty old machines. This week, that's all changed.

    Robertson teacher Gary Leger remembers using the equipment when he was a student in the 1970s, and the machines have remained in the welding classroom during his eight years at the high school.

    He said state Sen. Pete Campos, D-N.M., also the superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, was able to get $100,000 at the state Legislature to get all new equipment for the welding classroom.

  • Council honors three firefighters

    The Las Vegas Fire Department was asked to help fight fires in California, and the local agency responded by sending three of its members.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Las Vegas Fire Chief Andrew Duran honored the firefighters — Louie Mares, Nick Tyrone and Elauterio Montao — for their work in fighting the Golden State blazes.

    Duran said he received a call asking for help and that a number of department members volunteered to go to California. He said he could send only three because he wanted to make sure Las Vegas was adequately covered.

  • HU takes step toward new dorms

    A Santa Fe firm has been chosen to design a new residence hall on the Highlands University campus. Four companies spent the day last Tuesday giving presentations to five university officials.

    President Jim Fries told the Budget and Finance Committee last week, “We went through the request-for-proposal process seeking architectural firms interested in architectural engineering work for a new residence hall that will contain approximately 280 beds. We had seven firms that submitted proposals in response to the RFP.”

  • Welding class gets updated machines

    The metals shop at Robertson High School had some pretty old machines. This week, that’s all changed.

    Robertson teacher Gary Leger remembers using the equipment when he was a student in the 1970s, and the machines have remained in the welding classroom during his eight years at the high school.

    He said state Sen. Pete Campos, D-N.M., also the superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, was able to get $100,000 at the state Legislature to get all new equipment for the welding classroom.

  • Council rejects impact fees idea

    Most City Council members last week generally agreed they’re not interested in assessing fees for the impacts of new development on city services.

    But they wanted to explore whether existing fees — such as those for utility connections — were enough to cover city costs.

    Lora Lucero, a land-use expert, told the council that the state’s law for so-called impact fees is stringent and requires money from the fees to go toward infrastructure and equipment that would be needed as a result of new development.

  • A year later

    A groundbreaking ceremony Sunday marked the first anniversary of a tragic car crash that killed five members of a Las Vegas family.

    Members of the Collins, Garcia and Gonzales families gathered with community members to dedicate ground that will become Paul’s Corner and memorialize Paul, Rene, Alisha, Jacquelynn, Selena and lone survivor Arissa Garcia.

  • City hiring practices questioned

    A city councilman questioned last week why some city hires are approved first by advisory committees and others are not.

    Councilman Louie Trujillo raised the issue after Councilman Eugene Romero told the council that the city’s utilities committee, which he chairs, approved the hirings of laborers in the water and wastewater departments. Trujillo said city ordinances don’t call for hires to go through committees.

    “Hiring shouldn’t occur in a committee. I don’t think it should be the business of a committee,” he said.

  • Luna trustees to interview president hopefuls this week

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees plans to interview five finalists for president this week.

    So far, no interview has been scheduled with state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, who submitted his application late in the process.

    The finalists’ names were released Oct. 19. Under state law, the college was required to wait at least 21 days before making a decision. As it turns out, the interviews Thursday will take place after the 21 days have lapsed.

  • Firm promotes gas-saving device

    A weekly newspaper recently ran a front-page articles promoting a new technology that reportedly increases the gas mileage of an automobile by more than 200 percent.

    But that is only half the story.

    Michael Romero of Mike’s Precision Auto is a believer in a new gas-saving system called the Hydro-Assist Fuel Cell, or HAFC. Romero said he traveled to New Jersey to be trained in installing the units, and contends they can increase the fuel efficiency of a car or truck by at least 50 percent.

  • A special showing

    “No Country for Old Men,” the Coen brothers movie filmed in Las Vegas, will have its New Mexico debut here as well.

    The screening, slated for 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Serf Theater., will be by private invitation for cast, crew, sponsors and others who participated and were affected by business closures.

    The showing of the film was made possible by the nonprofit organizations The Hispanic Education and Media Group Inc. and the local Casa de Cultura.