Today's News

  • Highlands drops appeal on accreditation

    Highlands University has dropped its appeal of a ruling by an agency that evaluates the School of Education.

    Highlands will no longer have its accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE.

    University officials assure the public that it is a specialty accreditation and that all of its education programs remain fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and by the state Public Education Department.

  • Highlands plans residence hall

    Highlands University regents called a special meeting Wednesday to look at plans for a new residence hall that is expected to be ready to house students by the fall of 2009.

    Members of the architectural firm Dekker, Perich and Sabatini presented a design to the regents showing the board a structure they called “student apartments.”

    President Jim Fries said the project was among the many exciting things taking place on the university campus.

  • Montoya to run again for state rep

    Tecolote resident Naomi Montoya plans to run once again for the state representative seat held by Richard Vigil, D-Ribera.

    The District 70 seat covers the city of Las Vegas and many of the rural areas in San Miguel County, as well as precincts in eastern Torrance County.

    In 2006, Vigil prevailed with 59 percent of the vote to Montoya’s 41 percent. Vigil hasn’t announced whether he will run again and hasn’t been returning messages for comment.

  • County Commission gets new leader

    After a unanimous vote during this weeks County Commission meeting, member David Salazar took the gavel from outgoing chairman Hugh Ley.

    Commissioner Albert Padilla proposed, with Kenny Medinas second, the appointment of Salazar, who was elected in 2004, as the panels chairman. Medina, who was vice chairman, then put June Garcias name forward to replace him. Garcia was also given the nod without dissent.

    Both Salazar and Garcia were elected to their posts without any opposition.

  • Police: Health problem may be the cause

    Infant death syndrome or a health problem may have been the cause of a baby’s death in her parents’ bed over the weekend in Las Vegas, Police Chief Gary Gold said, but the state is also considering the possibility of accidental suffocation such as a parent rolling onto the child.

    Gold said the state Office of the Medical Investigator will look into the cause of the baby’s death, but its report may not be completed for three to six months. The district attorney’s office is also examining the matter.

  • Campos says he struggled with decision

    Pete Campos, one of five finalists for Luna Community College president, said Tuesday that it was a “bittersweet experience” to apply for the job because he has enjoyed his 14 years an administrator for the Las Vegas City Schools.

  • 5 run for mayor; Moore unopposed

    Eleven residents filed their papers on Tuesday to run for municipal offices in the March 4 election.

    Mayor Henry O. Sanchez will face four candidates in his bid for a fourth two-year term. His opponents are former state employee Tonita Gurul-Giron; Gary Ludi, the state hospital’s emergency management coordinator; City Councilman Tony Marquez; and Las Vegas City Schools board member Ramon “Swoops” Montao. All had announced before Tuesday, the only day to file with the city clerk’s office.

  • GOP hopefuls campaign in Las Vegas

    The two Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico campaigned in Las Vegas on Tuesday, both touting their credentials to represent New Mexico.

    Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce, both members of Congress, are vying for the Republican nomination. They got into the race after Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., announced his decision not to run again after 36 years.

    On the Democratic side, Rep. Tom Udall, who represents northern New Mexico, is the leading candidate.

  • Two more announce in race for mayor

    Two more residents have announced that they are entering the race for mayor.

    Gary Ludi, the emergency management coordinator for the state hospital, and Ward 3 City Councilman Tony Marquez said they will file their candidacies today, which is the only day for filing for the March 4 municipal election.

  • Baby suffocates in bed

    A nearly 3-month-old baby suffocated in bed over the weekend after a parent may have unknowingly rolled onto the girl, authorities said Monday.

    The death of Alexis Mae Barela was reported to Las Vegas police at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, apparently after her parents, Mark Barela and Adella Jaramillo, woke up, officials said.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said officers believe the death was accidental, calling it a “devastating” incident. He said both parents were sleeping in the bed when the baby died.