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  • Men accused in explosion

    Two Las Vegas men were arrested early Tuesday morning after police were called to investigate an explosion at the Dairy Queen at 2408 Seventh St.

    Chad Zamora, 21, 2028 Mark Drive, and Matthew Almanzar, 19, 870 Castle View Drive, were each charged with the dangerous use of explosives and criminal damage to property.

  • Suspect pays $8,840 to Watrous water association

    A former treasurer for the Watrous Mutual Domestic Water Association has paid the group more than $8,000 in funds she allegedly embezzled a few years ago.

    Maxine Gonzales, 43, of Watrous never admitted to any of the crimes and the district attorney’s office dismissed all charges.

    Instead, she entered into the DA’s office’s pre-prosecution program, which means she won’t see a judge and won’t ever be considered convicted as long as she follows a number of conditions. She has no prior criminal record.

  • 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.”