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  • County planning complex

    San Miguel County expects to seek bids in a couple of months for a planned public works complex that would, among other things, make it easier to haul trash to the landfill in Wagon Mound.

    County Manager Les Montoya said Tuesday that the county has a budget of $1.5 million for the facility. It is planned for the wood industrial park, which is at the site of the old Medite of New Mexico plant.

  • A green-and-gold game plan

    West Las Vegas football players logged quite a few rushing yards over the weekend.

    But they weren’t on the gridiron. They were delivering meals to customers at Sonic Drive-in.

    The team wants to start the season in style with new uniforms they are purchasing with money they earn themselves.

  • Lunch prices up at City Schools

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has voted for a price increase in meals served in the district’s cafeterias.

    Business manager Myrna Garcia said school districts across the state are also raising prices. The latest move would help the district cover the cost of the actual meals, she said.

    Garcia said meal rates for lunch at elementary schools will go from 90 cents to $1.10. At Memorial Middle and Robertson High schools, lunch will cost $1.25, up from the previous $1.

  • City may have broken tax law

    The city of Las Vegas appears to have violated the law by approving expenditures from lodgers tax revenue without seeking recommendations from a board made up of motel owners and other tourist-related businesses.

    The city has been without a lodgers tax board since March when Las Vegas’ newly elected mayor, Tony Marquez, disbanded all city committees, saying he planned to appoint new members.

  • Apartment operator seeks fence

    The operator of a local apartment complex takes the old clich, “Good fences make good neighbors,” to heart.

    Cathy Ray, representing Villa Las Vegas Apartments on Mountain View Drive, is asking the city to build a seven-foot fence between the apartments and next-door public housing.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, she blamed public housing residents for repeatedly damaging property at the apartments, including breaking of windows. The current fence has been damaged to the point where public housing tenants are getting through, she said.

  • Prof to head Oklahoma state agency

    Las Vegas resident Michael O’Brien has been selected as the next director of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

    O’Brien is currently a Highlands University professor and rehabilitation services consultant, who was employed from 1997 to 2001 as administrator of the Oklahoma agency’s Vocational Rehabilitation division.

  • Official: Put more women on panels

    Mayor Tony Marquez has already started making appointments to city advisory committees, but he’s getting some advice from a City Council member on how to make the panels more diverse.

    At last week’s council meeting, Councilwoman Diane Moore said she would like to see more women and youths appointed to committees.

  • McAllister Lake remains closed

    The state Game and Fish Department has closed McAllister Lake for fishing until further notice.

    Clint Henson, a Game and Fish spokesman, said his agency is unable to stock the lake because of golden algae and water conditions. The closure will last, Henson said, “until Mother Nature decides to give us more water.”

  • Residents pushing for stop signs at 7th, Columbia

    Residents on Seventh Street got most of what they wanted last year when they requested stop signs on their street. But they’re still pushing for some more at another intersection.

    Last September, the city posted stop signs on the two-lane portion of Seventh at the intersections of Friedman, Washington and Columbia, but a few weeks later, they took down the signs at Columbia.

  • Squads show spirit at games

    The North-South All Star Games brought players from all over the state to compete in girls and boys basketball on Friday and football on Saturday. Las Vegas Cheer squads from West Las Vegas and Robertson High Schools get a chance to hone their skills for the upcoming year as they root for the All-Stars.

    Cardinal and Don cheerleaders switch sides at the half, the team that was cheering for the North team will then cheer for the South and vice versa.