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Las Vegas Optic (Newspaper) - March 30, 2015, Las Vegas, New MexicoSouthwest Chief to keep Vegas route Monday A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 73. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41. 50 centslasvegasoptic.com Monday-Tuesday March 30-31, 2015 Inside Looking back Weather FYI Looking ahead Vol. 136, no. 38 1 secTion, 8 Pages Sunrise ... Sunset 6:50 a.m. to 7:21 p.m. Two teens shot in drive-by A celebrAtion of culture Above: Emma Lopez of Los Zapeatados dance group performs during the 21st Annual Fiesta de La Hispanidad on Friday evening in Ilfeld Auditorium. The group is under the direction of Lori Bovia. The show featured many perform- ers including Antonia Apodaca, mariachi Cardenal Juvenil, Lati- na, Reyes and Angelica Montoya, Ernestine Romero, Mariachi Cardenal,Vaqueros de la Sierra, and Daniel Torres. Right: Miguel Ojeda plays trumpet with Mariachi Tradicional during the fiesta on Friday evening. See Friday’s paper for more photos of the event. Mercy López/Optic photos City close to finalizing Storrie Lake agreement $12M deal increases storage By Martín Salazar Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas Police have arrested and charged a man and a woman in connection with a shooting that left two teen-age boys wounded on Saturday. The shooting occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on University Avenue near Ilfeld Audito- rium Styles Gold, 19, and Rene Maestas, 41, who both reside on the 1400 block of Eighth Street, are now facing mul- tiple felonies. Through their investigation, police deter- mined that Gold was the shooter and Maestas drove the vehicle. The boys, who are identi- fied only by their initials in court filings, were treated and released. Court documents state that both PT and FM sustained shoulder wounds. The 9mm bullet apparently entered the truck they were in through the back window, shattering it. It then went through PT’s back left shoulder, exited his shoulder and traveled through the driver side head rest and grazed FM’s left shoulder, injuring him. According to the probable cause statements prepared in the case: The two teens who were injured and two other males were cruising around Plaza Park when they were con- fronted by three 14-year-olds. Police say both group of boys exchanged words and a fight almost ensued. The group of boys who were later shot at left the area. A short while later those boys drove around Plaza Park again, and they saw Gold and Maestas get into a black vehi- cle. The boys told police that Maestas and Gold began to chase them through the New Mexico Highlands University campus. The boys told police they saw Gold point a black gun outside of the passenger window. They told police he began firing shots at the truck and a bullet struck the two 15-year-olds. FM, who was driving, sped away trying to get away from Maestas and Gold because the boys feared for their lives, court documents state. Police say a Highlands sur- veillance video shows a black Boys treated and released; two facing felonies See Teens shot, Page 2 By Martín Salazar Las Vegas Optic The city of Las Vegas and Storrie Project Water Users Association have come to a tentative agree- ment that would perma- nently increase the city’s water storage capac- ity by 2,300 acre-feet in exchange for $12 million. Moving forward with the agreement, however, will force the city to reas- sess its planned $30 mil- lion expansion of Bradner Reservoir. City Utilities Director Ken Garcia said the city currently doesn’t have enough funding to purchase the storage capacity at Storrie Lake and move forward with the full-scale expansion of Bradner, a project that would increase the res- ervoir’s storage capacity from its current 300 acre- feet to 2,300 acre-feet An acre foot of water is the equivalent of 236,000 gallons, enough to service two to three homes for a year. The City Council is holding a special meeting at 5 p.m. today (Monday) See Storrie, Page 2 The Associated Press SANTA FE — Amtrak says it will stick with its existing New Mexico route of the Southwest Chief passenger train. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told the Santa Fe New Mexi- can last week that the Southwest Chief will continue to make stops in New Mexico towns of Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy and Albuquerque. The announcement ends more than two years of fear and uncer- tainty in Northern New Mexico’s smaller com- munities about whether Amtrak would alter the route. The Southwest Chief travels between Chi- cago and Los Angeles, but part of the current route was in jeopardy because of questions about maintenance and upgrades of track. Colorado and Kansas moved aggressively last year to secure a federal grant and to allocate money for repairs on their sections of the Southwest Chief tracks. in 1965 Friday, March 26 — A long-time dream in Mora County became a reality last Saturday at midnight as La Jicarita Rural Telephone Co-Op began operations with over 200 dial telephones in operation. The system, with about 200 miles of line, will serve approximately 6,000 people in the Mora, Ocate and Wagon Mound area, when completed. It is expected that the Wagon Mound unit will start operation about April 20, Phillip Sanchez, chairman of the Co-Op, announced today. Music aT dWan lighT sancTuary on Tuesday To celebrate the re-opening of the Dwan Light Sanctuary, UWC- USA will present a musical program featuring Music Director Ron Mal- tais and second-year student Kailash Pandey of Nepal, who will play his tablah. The event starts at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday.at the Dwan Light Sanctuary on the UWC-USA campus. Free and open to the public. sPorTs State Champs! — 8 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 Robert “Bobby” Garcia Jesus A. Palomino See Page 3 for obituaries

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