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  • Housing group blames politicos

    The San Miguel County Commission was going to be asked Tuesday to deny an application from a group to acquire the county’s old housing development in Ribera.

    But the group, the San Miguel Assisted Living Community, pulled its application shortly before the meeting, blaming unnamed “influential” lawmakers.

  • Los Alamos program comes to Vegas

    Some of the brightest scientific minds in the world are gathered at Los Alamos National Laboratories doing research using the most sophisticated equipment available.

    Putting some of that same equipment in the hands of children to encourage their pursuit of learning about and loving science was what was going on at Paul D. Henry Elementary School this week.

    Liz Martieau and Gordon McDonough, science educators at the Bradbury Museum, the official museum of LANL, travel the northern part of the state with the Science on Wheels program.

  • West settles with ex-leader

    A former West Las Vegas superintendent and her husband have settled with the school district for $375,000.

    Barbara Perea Casey had sued the district claiming she was the victim of retaliation and sexual discrimination when she was fired from her position in 2003. Her husband, Frank Casey, a special education teacher’s aide, was terminated shortly after.

    Under the terms of the settlement, the defendants must refrain from making negative comments about either of the Caseys or to any of their prospective employers, said the Caseys’ attorney, Daniel Yohalem.

  • Woman's body found at springs

    A woman was found dead last week at the hot springs in Montezuma, but police say there were no signs of foul play.

    The woman was identified as Karen Hansen, 53, of Las Vegas, state police Sgt. Miguel Aguilar said. He said her death may have been the result of a medical issue.

    Security for United World College, which manages the hot springs, called the state police after seeing the fully clothed woman’s body in one of the pools around 7 p.m. last Wednesday, authorities said.

  • College trustees split on issues

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees split over employment-related issues at its meeting Tuesday, with half the board wanting to put the brakes on hiring.

    The board was asked to approve a couple of hires at its meeting, but three trustees, Levi Alcon, Abelino Montoya and Don Shaw, voted to strike that item from the board’s agenda. But the other three, Ambrose Castellano, Tony Valdez and Jerry Maestas, blocked that move. Trustee Kenneth Flores didn’t attend.

  • Victim led her 'little ducklings'

    Rene Collins-Gonzales was remembered in a ceremony at West Las Vegas Middle School on Tuesday, where she maintained an office as the district’s school nurse.

    A drunken driver killed Collins-Gonzales, her husband Paul, and three of their four daughters Nov. 11, 2006.

    Ray Collins Sr., a former principal at the middle school, said his daughter was working as an emergency room nurse at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, but gave up a big paycheck for lesser wages at the school to be close to her children and give something back to her alma mater.

  • Psychological thriller to be filmed in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas will be the site of another film early next year, and a casting call is set for this weekend.

    Local officials confirmed Tuesday that “Not Forgotten” will be filmed, in part, in Las Vegas.

    The psychological thriller, “Not Forgotten,” will star Simon Baker of “Land of the Dead” and “The Devil Wears Prada” and Jordana Brewster of “The Fast and the Furious.” It be filmed in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and surrounding areas from January through March.

  • 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.”