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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Students distributing delights

    Las Vegas had a big infusion of calories on Thursday.

    A joint effort between West Las Vegas Middle School, Robertson High School and Memorial Middle School brought in 12,228 freshly baked and aromatic Krispy Kreme Doughnuts that the Business Professionals of America clubs from both school districts sold to customers over a two-week period.

  • Serf Theatre corrects fire code problems, official says

    Hundreds attended the New Mexico debut of “No Country for Old Men” Wednesday at the Serf Theatre, but the event may have been canceled if the theater hadn’t made last-minute improvements to comply with city fire codes.

    Members of two nonprofit organizations sponsoring the event, The Hispanic Education and Media Group Inc. and the local Casa de Cultura, expressed concerns with the Las Vegas Fire Department about problems in the theater a couple of weeks ago.