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  • Group gets money for past event

    The North-South All-Star Games got $2,000 from the city recently to help with promoting this year’s competition.

    The trouble: The games happened in July.

    Organizers of the games, which are competitions between high school athletes from the north and south parts of the state, said they had requested money from the city Lodgers Tax Board a couple of times earlier this year. But they said the board didn’t act on their request.

    The board received $200,000 in requests for help in promoting events, but it had only $35,000 to give.

  • Bean Day celebrating 100th year

    Grady Loveland, 12, will remember the centennial celebration for Wagon Mound Bean Day for years to come.

    On Saturday, during the rodeo, he rode a steer for a score of 74. Loveland, from Raton, was visibly thrilled after his ride.

    “It was cool,” Loveland said minutes following his ride.

    His mother, Tina Gallegos, was both proud and anxious.

    “This is the first time I’ve seen him ride. Feels like I was going to have a heart attack when he was riding,” she said.

  • Calendar

    TODAY / HOY

    • Story time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in the children’s area at Carnegie Public Library. The theme will be “Celebrating Grandparents,” and the book will be “Yummy Yummy, Food for my Tummy” by Sam Lloyd. The craft will be a grandparents’ basket and family tree. The programs are open to the public.

  • West official resigning after less than year

    The West Las Vegas school district’s business manager is resigning from her post after less than a year.

    Dawn Biagianti’s last day is set for Sept. 26, although she said she may take some vacation before then.

    She is the third business manager at West since longtime manager Naomi Vicenti left the job three years ago.

    “It was just time to go,” said Biagianti, who started in November. “I feel like I have accomplished some of my goals, but not all of them. I appreciated the opportunity to work here.”

  • Drug-dealing suspect arrested

    Authorities said they recently arrested a drug dealer after executing a search warrant.

    William S. Gonzales, 23, of 916 Taos St., was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, tampering with evidence and possessing marijuana.  

    According to Magistrate Court documents, the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force executed the warrant on Gonzales and his residence late on the afternoon of Aug. 24. Task force agents found Gonzales in the 1330 block of Grand Avenue, where he was a passenger in a car, documents state.

  • Part of Plaza Park named in honor of late hotel operators

    The City Council recently dedicated the northwest corner of Plaza Park in honor of the late Don Jesus and Mama Lucy Lopez.

    The couple operated the Plaza Hotel and Mama Lucy’s Restaurant on the Old Town Plaza for almost three decades in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

    According to a council-passed resolution, Don Jesus was a “dynamic and untiring” organizer of Fiestas de Las Vegas, and for more than two decades, he served as that event’s master of ceremonies, “always charming the crowds.”

  • Facilities-use policy still at issue

    Highlands University Regent Jesus Lopez says he was surprised to find out that the university allowed political rallies and any number of private events to be held on campus.

    At a recent meeting of the university’s finance committee, Lopez said he found out about such events when he opened up the newspaper after June’s Democratic primary. On the front page was a picture of an elated state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, who was celebrating his victory over three opponents at his party at the university’s Kennedy Hall.

  • West worker gets driving rights back

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    The West Las Vegas school district has restored the driving privileges for an employee who totaled a district vehicle last year.

    In April, John J. Roybal, 41, West’s head mechanic, pleaded guilty to careless driving and failing to maintain his lane of traffic. In return, the state dropped a DWI charge against him.

    After the crash occurred in August in Moriarty, the district removed Roybal’s driving privileges. That was to apply until June 30.

  • Man's body recovered at Storrie Lake

    Las Vegas Optic

    A state police dive team last week recovered the body of a 45-year-old man who drowned in Storrie Lake.

    Authorities haven’t released his name yet.

    State police Lt. Eric Garcia said three people were “messing around” in a boat Thursday evening when they ran out of gas. So a man in the boat started swimming to the shoreline but reportedly didn’t make it, he said.

  • Calendar

    TODAY

    • Story time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the children area at Carnegie Public Library. The theme will be “Harvest Time,” and the book will be “The Little Red Hen” by Timothy S. Donehoo. The craft will be a handprint hen. The programs are open to the public.

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