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Las Vegas Optic (Newspaper) - September 2, 2015, Las Vegas, New MexicoCity struggling with water quality Wednesday Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Thursday Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. 50 centslasvegasoptic.com Wednesday-Thursday September 2-3, 2015 Inside Looking back Weather FYI Looking ahead Vol. 136, no. 105 1 secTion, 8 Pages Sunrise ... Sunset 6:34 a.m. to 7:27 p.m. Man charged in May death Sipapu prepareS for Ski SeaSon Above: A helicopter transports cement to lift tower forms under construction at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort on Friday in Vadito. The quad lift is expected to be com- pleted in early November — near the resort’s opening day. On Friday, crews dropped roughly 60 yards of concrete into foundations that will support the new lift that has a price tag of $500,000. The new lift, which was purchased from Leitner- Poma of Grand Junction, Colo., will rise about 330 vertical feet up the mountain located just off NM 518, north of Mora. Left: Construction worker Rory James of Leitner-Poma out of Grand Junction connects a large container filled with cement to the helicopter. The crews worked for several hours dropping cement into the lift foundations on Friday morn- ing. The lift will transport skiers and snowboarders up the mountain for some winter fun. Mercy López/Optic photos Campaign launched to ‘save the lion’ By Martín Salazar Las Vegas Optic Three months after a Las Vegas man died in an Albu- querque hospital from injuries sustained in a fight outside a local Allsup’s, an Anton Chico man has been charged with kill- ing him. Las Vegas police obtained an arrest warrant last Thursday charging 43-year old Robert Saiz with voluntary manslaugh- ter, a third-degree felony. Saiz, who resides on Mescalero Drive in Anton Chico, was arrested Saturday and was being held at the San Miguel County Deten- tion Center in lieu of a $200,000 bond. Las Vegas police had been waiting to file charges against Saiz until the Office of the Medical investigator issued a determination on the cause and manner of Joseph Sena’s death. According to the arrest war- rant affidavit, police received OMI’s initial report in July. In that report, OMI lists the cause of death as blunt head trauma and the manner of death as a homicide. The arrest warrant affidavit also notes that Saiz has two prior felony convictions, one for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and another for receiving stolen property. Saiz is also currently facing felony charges for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and abuse of a child, stemming from an April incident in which Saiz is accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into another vehicle. Among the occupants of the vehicle Saiz crashed into was a child. The voluntary manslaughter charge stems from a fight that occurred outside the Allsup’s at 113 South Grand Ave. on May 17. Police were initially told that Sena was punched by an unknown man who later fled the scene in a gold car. Sena, 50, fell to the ground and hit his head. CPR was administered at the scene, and then he was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital with a head injury. Due to the severity of the injury, Sena was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where he remained in critical condition and on life support. A doctor told police that as a result of the fall and the injury, Sena had a heart attack, and his brain was deprived of oxygen, causing permanent brain damage. Fight occurred outside of convenience store See Charged, Page 2 A collaboration between the city of Las Vegas, MainStreet de Las Vegas and New Mex- ico High- lands Uni- versity has generated enthusiastic interest to “Save the Lion” as it turns 119 years old. We met last week along with neighboring business owners at Lion Park and watched as Jorden Grimm, Grimm LLC, and his crew removed the side panels of a shed erected six years ago by a concerned Las Vegan to stop further deteriora- tion. Now the Lion is again visible so that it will draw attention to the needed funds to build a structure to protect and highlight this historic feature on Grand Avenue. A Facebook page has been created: www. See Lion, Page 2 By Martín Salazar Las Vegas Optic The city of Las Vegas Utilities Department is try- ing to determine why the quality of water coming out of the city’s surface water treatment plant is lower than normal. City Utilities Director Kenneth Garcia briefed the governing body on the situation during a special Council meeting on Mon- day morning. Garcia stressed that the water remains safe to drink. “I want to assure you there is no cause for concern at this point …,” he said. Garcia said the water treatment plant takes out turbidity or cloudiness from the water. He said turbidity levels are currently around .7, which is higher than usual, but that level is still below the level at which a boil advisory would have to be issued, which is 1. Due to the higher level, however, the city will be See Water, Page 2 in 1965 Thursday, Sept. 2 — City Mayor Frank Olmstead was injured this morning in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Sev- enth and Baca. Extent of the mayor’s injuries had not been deter- mined by noon, but according to attending physicians, at this time, Mayor Olmstead’s injuries “do not seem to be too bad.” A car driven by Olmstead collided with a pickup truck driven by Cesario Sena of Sapello at the intersection. Wagon Mound Bean days The Wagon Mound Bean Days festival runs from Friday through Monday and features music, a parade, a free barbecue, dances and rodeos. Wagon Mound is located just off I-25 between Raton and Las Vegas. For more information, call 575-447-1597 or visit www. beanday100.com. sPorTs Young players lead Beasties to shutout — 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 Frances E. Eckhardt Calvin F. Hager Jose E. Olguin Balbina G. Quintana Samuel Tapia Claudina C. Valencia Phillip R. Vigil See Page 3 for obituaries BrickS & Mortar on MainStreet cindy collinS Eli Crowe/Optic photo

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