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  • Las Vegas named arts and culture place to be

    SANTA FE — Las Vegas got a brand new designation on Wednesday — one that will translate into a new kind of state support for the community.

    Las Vegas is one of two cities in New Mexico to be named an Arts and Culture District, the result of an interagency initiative signed into law last year. Silver City was the other city to win the designation.

  • Rivera to run for county clerk

    Melanie Y. Rivera, who has worked in the county clerk’s office for 13 years, is running for the top job.

    Rivera, the supervisor of the county clerk’s Bureau of Elections, announced her intentions on Wednesday. She will run as a Democrat.

    Rivera praised the service of Paul Maez, a Democrat who has served as county clerk for the last eight years.

    “A lot of things have happened since Paul has been clerk,” she said.

    He can’t run again be-cause state law bars county elected officials from serving more than eight years at a time.

  • New Town theater closed, didn't get business license

    Nothing appears to have changed much at Las Vegas SERF Theatre since the New Mexico premiere of “No Country for Old Men” back in November. Even the sign remains unchanged, heralding the coming of an event now long over.

    The SERF Theatre, which reopened briefly under the management of local entrepreneur Chris Lopez, once again stands idle.

  • Highlands to set up corporation

    Highlands University is establishing a corporation to market products patented by faculty.

    The school’s Board of Regents approved the corporation under the University Research Park Act at its meeting last week.

    Regent Chairman Javier Gonzales said, “The importance of the Research Park Act is that we actually have faculty on staff that have developed patents that can currently be used to market out to the general public and through that marketing and the use of those patents revenues can be generated for the university.”

  • Materials moved from Center Block

    Want bricks? The owner of the collapsed Center Block building has many for sale.

    It’s been 16 months since the building fell down and much of the rubble remains, but since November, people have been slowly moving bricks and other debris from the property.

    The owner, Bob Dalton, said he has agreed to sell bricks and give wood to dozens of people. Residents have been loading up their trucks with the materials, and they appear to be making a dent.

  • No change to teen's murder sentence

    Because of a procedural problem, the defense attorney for a teenager convicted of killing another won the right for his client to have another sentencing hearing.

    As it turned out, Eloy Trujillo, 18, last week got the same sentence as he did the first time — 7-1/2 years in state prison for the April 2006 killing of 18-year-old Anthony Maes during an alleyway fight near Robertson High School, prosecutors said.

  • College making progress with state

    Luna Community College is making much progress in getting money from the state government for general operations and capital improvements, officials said this week.

  • Veterans building to be named after Las Vegan

    The planned veterans service building will be named in honor of a lieutenant colonel who flew 246 combat missions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

    Miguel Encinias, a Las Vegan who now lives in Albuquerque, was shot down, wounded and taken prisoner in World War II. He also was shot down in Korea, rescued by a helicopter and returned to duty.

    Gary Ludi, a member of the committee planning the building, recommended the City Council last week name the building in honor of Encinias.

  • State may add days to school year

    During its 30-day session, the state Legislature will be looking at adding a few days to the school year partly because in-service days for teachers take away from actual days students spend in the classroom.

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Patrick Romero asked Superintendent Pete Campos, who is also a state senator, if lawmakers are considering adding more days.

  • Lopez says he was referring to Campos

    Las Vegas attorney Jesus Lopez left as Luna Community College’s presidential search committee chairman last summer, alleging that three members of the Board of Trustees had already settled on a candidate.

    But until last week, he never publicly identified the candidate in question to the Optic. He said he had been referring to Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Pete Campos, who is also a state senator representing Las Vegas.