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Los Lunas Valencia County News (Newspaper) - October 11, 1973, Los Lunas, New Mexico Widow testifies the widow of Billy Eugene Howell testified tuesday in District court in los Lunas that Alice Zallaha former owner of the Al Nido supper club shot her mrs. Howells husband on jan. 26 in front of the Howell Home in los Chavez. After a motion by defense atty. Leon Taylor to sequester the jury was denied by District judge Joe Ryan and a motion to remove witnesses from the courtroom during testimony was granted the trial of mrs. Zallaha and Richard Tigert both accused of murder in the shooting death of Howell began tuesday afternoon. The morning had been spent in selection of the jury. Five of the jurors called were excused for cause and six after peremptory challenges. Diane Howell testified that mrs. Zallaha and Tigert drove to the Howell Home in the Early morning of jan. 26 and that mrs. Zallaha had a gun in her hand when she got out of the car. Mrs. Howell said she came out of the House and asked what they wanted and told them to get out of the Yard. She said mrs. Zallaha started walking toward her and shot Down at the ground. The Bullet hit a at my feet Quot she said. She said mrs. Continued on Page 3 a favorite at the second Grade tasting party was the Avocado dip sampled Here by Philip Montano. For some youngsters the tasty dip was new to them. School Bond election dec. 4 although the Lunas school Board and school patrons were in the dark for a w bile at tuesday night s meeting things looked Bright after a report from Darrel Fowler the school s fiscal agent showed the assessed valuation up 28.74 per cent and the school s bonding capacity at $802,000. The Board voted to hold a Bond election in december. There had been a Power failure in the Board room during Fowler s presentation and the meeting had to be moved to the Junior High Library. As the meeting resumed Board chairman Joe Otero quipped a i Don t know if anybody else was in the dark about these figures before the lights went out. But Well go on Fowler said the valuation is now $26,027,-739 As compared to $9,255,835 in 1969. He said the District has a maximum bonding capacity of $802,000 and with Only four More payments on the present debt the District is in Good shape. He suggested the election be held in december before the state begins doling out Grant Money to schools. This would show the District is making an Effort he said. The Dis officers of the new Belen elks Lodge were installed sunday and 210 members initiated. Trout Row from left John Campus tiler Benny p. Chavez treasurer Eloy Padilla esteemed Loyal Knight Anthony Romo exalted ruler Dale Carver esteemed leading Knight and Harold Northrup. Secretary. Back Row Al j. Garde chaplain Vincent Scarpa organist Brut Edwards esteemed lecturing Knight Edward Davila trustee Frank Hoover inner guard Bobby Don Lewis Russell Barker and James Lindsay trustees and Edward Chacon Esquire. The initiation class will he known As the Robert f. Boney class in Honor of new Mexico s Only past grand exalted ruler. Strict has several applications in Santa be for additional monies. The Board set the election for dec. 4. Even though the lights were on in the Library some were in the dark about what happened to the revised scheduled for Junior and senior High school classes which the classroom teachers Assn. Apparently thought had been approved. Many of the nearly too who attended the meeting were teachers. Temporary president of the association. Gilbert Gallegos said they thought they had an agreement Only to find when school started in August that the schedule had not been changed. Board member Ismael Gurule said he thought the agreement was Only to study the feasibility of changing the schedule. Glen Miller of uni serv a staff member assigned to the los Lunas District by the Nea no also indicated an agreement had been reached and that Legal action might have to be taken. Edmund Gaussoin Nea no executive Secretary said Nea was veneer led with conditions not having been complied with. Gallegos indicated that negotiations had begun in january and meetings were held Between the negotiating committee and administrators during the summer. He said the association was under the impression the schedule presented had been agreed upon. After lengthy discussions it became apparent there was no officially documented agreement on the schedule and the Board agreed that the study should be continued and a presentation made at the next meeting. Teachers had asked for Shorter class periods because they Felt the students attention Span was too Short for 50 minute periods and especially for the 70-minute period which is now in existence in the first period at the Junior High. Several students attested to this fact and numerous teachers also commented. They said they were trying to come up with a satisfactory period in which they could teach the students hold their attention and give them a Good education. Board member Fidel Aragon said instead of giving them Shorter Days perhaps they should have eight hour Days because that is what they would face when they were out of school. Ernest Jaramillo director of special services said transportation would be a problem in trying to change the schedule. The teachers proposed that classes for Junior High and High school be from 8 a m. To 2 . And for elementary from 9 to 3. They said there is too much Idle time for some students before school begins because some arrive at school at 7 45 and classes Don t Start until 8 30. Several parents said the students who get there Early because of the bus schedule have to stand outside because the building is locked. They asked if the Library or gym could t be opened to them especially when the weather is inclement. The teachers Felt the schedule change would help reduce incidents of fighting and truancy since it would eliminate some of the a Idle Quot time. The Board approved the natural i continued on Page j / volume i number 19 los Lunas . 87031 16 pages october la 1973 Valencia county i pm v Valencia co . Box Ogg las a Nasf c7�31

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