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  • Official not sure there's an emergency

    State Engineer John D'Antonio said he has yet to be convinced that residents southwest of Las Vegas are suffering a water emergency.

    But D’Antonio, the state’s top water official, said his agency continues to investigate the situation.

    In recent weeks, residents in the Ojitos Frios area have reported that 16 wells have gone dry, a number that is now down to 13. They have blamed the city’s increased pumping at Taylor Wells, which supplements the municipal system’s main water source, the Gallinas River.

  • Ex-UWC student pleads to sex assault

    A former United World College student who recently pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting another is now going to college in Massachusetts.

    Tabias O. Wilson, 19, was accused of one count of criminal sexual penetration, a third-degree felony.

    In a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, Wilson will be on probation for three years. He will not be deemed convicted of the crime if he follows the terms of the agreement. He will not be listed as a sex offender.

  • Girl reported missing

    Kassandra Herrera, 15, a ninth-grader at Robertson High School, has been reported missing.

    Her mother, Ramona Herrera, said she was last seen when she left her off at Robertson at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5.

    Herrera is five feet, six inches, 189 pounds, and has black hair with blond streaks, and brown eyes.

    To provide information on her whereabouts, call the Police Department at 425-7504 or Ramona Herrera at 718-8209.

  • West makes position clear

    The state had already rejected Luna Community College’s idea for a charter school.

    But the West Las Vegas school board enacted a resolution against the school anyway.

    The resolution puts the district on record as opposing any attempt by Luna to resurrect the idea of the Luna Charter Academy.

    The resolution states, “It is not in the district’s best interest to authorize the development of the Luna Community College Charter School, especially due to the possibility of its negatively impacting the district enrollment and funding.”

  • Man accused of breaking into Dick's

    City police officers often respond to false alarms, but nothing was false about an alarm at Dick’s Liquors last week.

    Police responded to a burglar alarm around 4 a.m. last Tuesday at the restaurant and bar. One officer went to the front and one to the back.

    The one in back found an open door on the bottom floor, and he saw a man running away from him, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    The officer, Lt. Juan Montaño, chased after the man on foot a block or two. The man jumped a fence, but Montaño captured him, Gold said.

  • Jose Campos seeks high office

    Jose Campos is one of several Democratic candidates for New Mexico’s lieutenant governor, but he is the only one from outside the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas.

    Campos is the mayor of Santa Rosa and a state representative, and he has been visiting Las Vegas frequently to gather local support for his campaign.

  • Mayor won't allow attorney debate

    Two Las Vegas City Council members wanted the city to consider the idea of having an in-house city attorney.

    But Mayor Tony Marquez apparently doesn’t want to talk about it.

    The members, Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore, requested that the attorney issue be on the agenda for next week’s council meeting. But the mayor rejected their request late last week.  

    Marquez didn’t return a message for comment.

  • Police seek to nail down motive

    City police are trying to determine the motivation behind a recent killing on Chavez Street, an area that officials say has been a hot spot for crime.

    Louie Bena-videz, 54, of Las Vegas, is charged with an open count of murder in connection with the killing of Kevin Duran, 32, 814 Chavez St.

    On the night of Sept. 25, Duran was fatally shot outside his house. Police Chief Gary Gold said his officers have heard that Benavidez and Duran were cousins, but they haven’t confirmed that information.

  • Builder: School will last long time

    Jim Franken, whose family’s company built Sierra Vista Elementary School two decades ago, disagrees that it should be on any list for demolition.

    “It sounds like they’re going to burn the house down to get rid of the rats,” Franken said of talk that Sierra Vista needs replacement. “Tearing it down to build a new school is ridiculous.”

  • City grapples with tax issue

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    In the summer, a high-profile Albuquerque boxing promoter was quickly approved for city money to help advertise a local event.

    It’s not so easy for others.

    Kenny Zamora, owner of the Santa Fe Trail Events Center, has been trying for years to get city lodgers tax funds to help him advertise his annual roping events that he contends bring in upwards of 1,500 participants and hundreds of thousands of dollars to the community.