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  • School district wants to remove tank

    Las Vegas City Schools officials say they’re not going to take any chances when it comes to students’ safety.

    They announced last week that they will be removing a 7,500-gallon fuel oil tank near the maintenance building at Robertson High School. The tank is also close to the school’s gym.

    Officials said they feared having such a large tank with fuel near students.

  • Lowest bidder doesn't get job

    Las Vegas-based Rudolph Construction was the low bidder for a roofing project for the city’s housing authority, and the City Council even approved the company for the job.

    But the contractor lost the project because he hadn’t met the 10-day requirement for a payment and performance bond. So the council this week decided to go with Goodrich Roofing Co., which bid the project at $246,000 to Rudolph’s $215,000, officials said.

    The authority seeks to replace the roofs of 21 buildings.

  • Luna seeks agreement with Guard for ball fields

    Luna Community College is working on an agreement with the New Mexico National Guard to lease land for softball and baseball fields, an official said last week.

    Luna President Pete Campos said the National Guard has land near the campus that the school wants to use for its baseball and softball teams. Now, the college is playing on fields at the city’s Rodriguez Park.

    He said he hopes to have a draft agreement before the Board of Trustees by as early as September.

  • Millfest completes 20th year

    CLEVELAND — It may not be the biggest summer festival in northern New Mexico, but it holds its own — with its own unique feature.

    The Cleveland Millfest celebrated its 20th year this Labor Day weekend, with plenty of music and dance, food, arts and crafts, and a turnout estimated in the thousands.

    The mill itself — which is put into operation once a year for the Cleveland Millfest — gives this particular festival its own unique identity.

  • List of outstanding warrants

    The Las Vegas Municipal Court is publicizing the names of those who are wanted on outstanding warrants. The Optic started publishing the list of names in Thursday’s edition. The second installment in the alphabet appears today. The following are the last listed addresses.

  • District responds to bomb threat

    The state police received a bomb threat targeted toward Memorial Middle School around 8 p.m. Wednesday, an official said this morning.

    Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, said the state police told him about the call. He said he understood that the voice sounded like it was that of a “young adult.” Romero met with state and local police officials soon afterward.

    Romero said he called a staff member to be stationed at the middle school throughout the night and do hourly walk-throughs.

  • Candidate pays clerk

    San Miguel County Clerk Paul Maez ran the Democratic and Republican primary elections for the county in June. On the side, he accepted a payment for helping with a candidate’s campaign — a relationship some are now questioning.

    Shortly after the election, Jerome Block Jr., who won the Democratic primary for Public Regulation Commission, gave Maez $300 for “campaign coordination,” according to a finance report filed with the Secretary of State’s Office. The listed address was for the county clerk’s office.

  • Drug traffickers are sentenced to prison, DA says

    Two area residents have been convicted of drug trafficking, according to the district attorney’s office.

    Demetrio Esquibel and Marvin Archuleta, both 21, were recently sentenced to prison in two separate cases. Both cases were before District Judge Abigail Aragon for final sentencing after the pair had pleaded guilty, prosecutors said.

  • List of outstanding warrants

    The Las Vegas Municipal Court is publicizing the names of those who are wanted on outstanding warrants. The Optic starts publishing the list of names in its Aug. 28 edition. The rest will be printed in later editions.

    Next week is Amnesty Week, in which people can make arrangements to meet the court’s requirements without further penalties. The court promises to try to find those who don’t take care of their issues. Such efforts will include warrant stings after September during the early morning hours and the holidays, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo says.

  • Students helping the hungry

    Angelica Gallegos gingerly began the task at hand of stripping corn from the stalks in the large garden behind Memorial Middle School.

    Then came a surprise.

    As she shucked her first piece, the corn went flying when she saw an earworm looking up at her.

    Peter Skelton, director of agricultural development at the middle school, said Gallegos and other students in the FFA program at Robertson High School volunteered their time after school to pick produce that they donate to local hunger relief. They have donated more than 1,300 pounds of produce to local organizations.