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Las Vegas Optic (Newspaper) - June 8, 2015, Las Vegas, New MexicoSpecial session set for today Monday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind around 10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 40 percent chance of showers and thun- derstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. South- east wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. 50 centslasvegasoptic.com Monday-Tuesday June 8-9, 2015 Inside Looking back Weather FYI Looking ahead Vol. 136, no. 68 1 secTion, 8 Pages Sunrise ... Sunset 5:45 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Gov pledges $1M for tracks Milestone reached Art Trujillo/Optic photo Steady now: City and state officials use a giant pair of scissors to cut a ribbon for housing in Las Vegas The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on the site of new housing on Yucca Street, on the city’s north side.. From left: Celmonth Stewart, director of the Office of Fair Housing; Betty Lopez, with the Office of Fair Housing; Mandy Griego, a revitalization specialist with the Public Housing Office of the HUD; Mayor Alfonso Ortiz; Pamela Marrujo, city housing director; and Floyd Duran, director of the Office of Public Housing. Seven units along that neighborhood were remodeled by Jeff Lowry Consultants, Inc. and Sol System Builders, LLC. In addition, five units were redone by Conron and Woods Architects and Longhorn Construction Services, Inc. 12 city housing units refurbished Fake $20 bills circulating in Las Vegas Chief: ‘People should be careful’ By Mercy Lopez Las Vegas Optic Gov. Susana Martinez is pledg- ing $1 million to improve part of the track utilized by the South- west Chief, a state Department of Transportation official informed Mayor Alfonso Ortiz on Thurs- day. The future of the Southwest Chief had been in limbo for more than two years with Amtrak say- ing it might have to change the route due to costly maintenance and upgrades to the tracks that would be needed in order to keep the current route, which includes stops in Raton, Las Vegas and Lamy. The company was asking Colorado, Kansas and New Mex- ico to pitch in millions of dollars for the track upgrades in order to save the existing route. Colorado and Kansas moved aggressively last year to allocate money for repairs on their portions of the Southwest Chief tracks. They have also been working to secure a fed- eral grant to pay for the needed repairs. In March an Amtrak spokesman said the company planned to stay with the current route. During a brief meeting with Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz on Thursday afternoon, New Mexico Department of Transpor- tation Deputy Secretary Loren Hatch informed the mayor that Gov. Martinez has committed $1 million to improve a part of the track utilized by the Southwest The Southwest Chief travels through Las Vegas daily. Three states are trying to secure a federal grant to ensure that the South- west Chief will continue to run on its current route. Optic file photo State wants to keep Southwest Chief See Track, Page 2 By Martín Salazar Las Vegas Optic Fake $20 bills have been making their way around Las Vegas in recent days, and that has prompted the city of Las Vegas Police Department to issue a warning to local businesses and members of the public. “We’re advising local businesses to keep an eye out,” Chief Juan Montaño said. “People should be careful.” The counterfeit bills are copied on plain paper, and the color looks very close to the real thing. But the fake bills do not have the watermark security features that real bills have. Some of the fake bills were discovered in bank deposits made by busi- nesses. Montaño said Las Vegas police have been documenting the fake bills that have turned up. The U.S. Secret Service has jurisdiction when it comes to counterfeit money, but Montaño said Las Vegas police still con- duct investigations when fake bills turn up, and they turn their findings over to the Secret Service. Montaño said he was made aware of the recent rash of fake $20 bills last week. By Russell Contreras The Associated Press After weeks of uncer- tainty and complaints from businesses, New Mexico Gov. Susana Mar- tinez late Friday officially called a special session on a $295 million public works package and other proposals that died on the Legislature’s last day. Martinez sent out a proclamation that calls for lawmakers to report to Santa Fe at noon Mon- day in an attempt to pass a capital outlay bill. The announcement comes after months of political postur- ing and repeat- ed requests from busi- ness groups and mayors from around the state who wanted lawmakers to forge a compromise on a bill that pays for roads, parks and other public projects. See Session, Page 2 By Martín Salazar Las Vegas Optic The City of Las Vegas Housing Authority has completely remodeled 12 of its rental units and is hop- ing to have eligible low-income families in them by the end of the month. Five of the rehabbed units are on Yucca, three are on Cholla and the remaining four are on Sandoval. The city held a ribbon cut- ting ceremony for the redone units on Thursday morning. Among those in attendance were federal and state housing officials. They joined Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, City Manager Elmer Martinez and Las Vegas Housing Director Pamela Mar- rujo for the ribbon cutting. Marrujo said the 12 units had been completely gutted and boarded up. They needed new plumbing, new electrical and sheetrock, and most of them also needed to be stuc- coed. She said the city spent more than $1 million bringing the housing units back to life. Money for the project came from Replacement Housing Factor Fund Grants, essentially a federal grant program aimed at helping public housing authorities replace housing units that have been sold or demolished. “I’m really happy with the units,” Marrujo said. “... We’re See Housing, Page 2 in 1965 Wednesday, June 9 — Two Las Vegas junior high school teachers will be attending advance courses this summer under grants from the National Science Foundation. Filio Vigil will be at North Texas State at Denton, Texas, June 23 through Aug. 24, and Joe Contreras will be at Highlands University for 10 weeks. chaMber of coMMerce MeeTing is Today Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting will take place on Monday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m. at 624 University Ave. sPorTs Hargrave 8th in Gre- co-Roman tourney — 7 The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Ser- vice is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home. Deaths Josefita Josie Esquibel See Page 3 for obituaries Martinez

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