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Alamosa Police arrested Juan Contreras, 24, an employee of the boys and girls club in Alamosa on Monday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a juvenile girl earlier this month. The victim in the case told police that Contreras had kissed her twice on the lips last Friday afternoon when the two had gone to get pizza. She also said that Contreras had smacked her on the rear multiple times at the boys and girls club on July 2nd. Contreras reportedly called the victim on Sunday and told her that he was sorry and was going to quit his job because of what he had done. The victim also spoke to Contreras’ wife, who told her that it was not her fault that Contreras had kissed and touched her and that she should call police so that it didn’t happen again. The incidents were first reported to authorities by the director of the club on Monday. Contreras was booked on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child. Both are felonies. Contreras is being held in the Alamosa jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Alamosa authorities have broken up a Wal-Mart theft ring in the past week involving employees who allegedly were filling their shopping carts without paying for the merchandise. Nearly $1,700 worth of items ranging from clothing to household items allegedly stolen from the Alamosa Wal-Mart were recovered. Arrest warrants were issued for Julia Bailon, 55, Jessica Bailon, 25, Lori Nieto, 27, Michelle Felice Martinez, 45, Leokadija Maul, 63, and Tara Bailon, 37. All of the defendants are residents of the Alamosa area. All were arrested and charged with felony theft and felony conspiracy to commit theft with a bond set at $10,000 each. When police and Wal-Mart security confronted those involved on June 26th, the women defendants were allegedly trying to leave the store with two full shopping carts. The value of the items totaled $1,697.

The Trinidad City Council is accepting letters of interest from citizens within the City of Trinidad to fill the following vacancies: two on the arts and culture advisory commission, six on the parks & recreation advisory committee, and five on the newly formed city tree board. In order to be considered eligible to serve, individuals must be a resident of the city of Trinidad and must have resided within the city for not less than one year immediately preceding appointment, and must be registered to vote. Letters of interest in serving on any of these boards will be accepted at the city clerk’s office at the Trinidad City Hall until noon on Wednesday, July 18th. Please include your qualifications for the position. For more information, call the city clerk’s office at 719-846-9843.

U.S. Representative Scott Tipton has scheduled a two-day tour of southern Colorado this Friday and Saturday. The tour will begin in Pueblo at the Vestas plant where Tipton will meet with company officials and workers from 8 to 11:30am. He will then meet with seniors at the Senior Resource Development Center at 230 N. Union Avenue in Pueblo from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Tipton will then travel to the San Luis Valley for a 3pm tour of the Cogentrix Solar Plant in Mosca and will hold a town hall meeting from 6 to 7pm Friday at the Alamosa Family Recreation Center. Then, on Saturday, Tipton will attend the Alamosa Fly-In and Air Show Breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30am at the Alamosa Airport. He will then hold town hall meetings at Center High School from 11am to noon, at the Del Norte Town Hall from 2 to 3pm and at the La Jara Town Hall from 5 to 6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend any of the meetings.

The counties of the upper Rio Grande and federal land management agencies will continue with stage II fire restrictions for at least one more week. Even though many areas in the upper Rio Grande have received good rains, parts of some counties are still dry. Stage II fire restrictions prohibit: building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, charcoal grill, coal, wood burning stove or sheepherders stove; smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building; using an explosive requiring a fuse or blasting caps; operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrestor; and welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame. For more information, call the BLM’s SLV Field Office at 719-852-5941.