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  • Plea entered in arson case

    The man accused of trying to cover up a murder by setting an apartment on fire in May 2013 has entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors.

    Gary Esquibel, 32, pleaded guilty late last month to tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors have dropped three other felony charges he had been facing: arson, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence.

  • Fun at the Parachute Factory - Camps to focus on hands-on learning

    More than 30 students will spend their time this summer learning hands-on with technology as part of three camps hosted by the Parachute Factory. The free camps are a Robot Camp, a 3D Printing Camp, and a Hacker Camp.

    Mariano Ulibarri, founder and director of the Parachute Factory, said the local makerspace is nationally recognized and is one of the 35 spaces that Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Agency by Design. Ulibarri said the camps are free but additional funding is needed.

  • Governor signs capital outlay bill

    It’s official.

    Gov. Susana Martinez has signed the capital outlay bill that lawmakers passed during last week’s special session, and the $20.3 million that San Miguel County entities were in line to receive survived her veto pen.

    Mora County wasn’t so lucky.

  • Pope urges revolution to save the Earth

    By Nicole Winfield, Rachel Zoll and Seth Borenstein
    The Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — In a sweeping environmental manifesto aimed at spurring concrete action, Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he described as a “structurally perverse” economic system where the rich exploit the poor, turning Earth into an “immense pile of filth.”

  • Looking Back - June 19, 2015

    In 1965

    Friday, June 18 — State Civil Defense Director Harry Naugle said today residents of Sabinoso on the Canadian River were in need of food. Sabinoso was completely cut off from the outside world Wednesday night when the road between the small village and Roy was washed out. The bridge near Sabinoso across the Canadian River washed out early Tuesday morning. Mora also experienced a severe flood Wednesday night at large hail and rain fell in the Mora Valley.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 19, 2015

    World Refugee Day Sunday
    St. Paul’s Peace Episcopal Lutheran Church will observe World Refugee Day at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 21, during regular services. The church invites all, including refugees and migrants, to join the congregation and pray for peace. The church is located at Eighth Street and University Avenue.

  • Weather - June 19, 2015

    Friday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. South wind 10-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. South wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 56.

  • Jail Log - June 19, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 9 and June 11:

    Michael Lopez, 42, probation violation: consuming alcohol (seven-day sanction)
    Krystle Alarcon, 31, probation violation: contact with victim/no contact with minors under 18.
    Chris Jaramillo, 36, probation violation: hold for investigation
    Thomas DeHerrera, 22, failure to comply
    Martin Rivera, 20, forgery, driving on suspended revoked license, concealing identity, speeding, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • AG wants more transparency in campaign finance

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said Wednesday he wants to increase transparency and accountability in the state’s campaign finance reporting process.

    Balderas sent Secretary of State Dianna Duran a letter describing what he sees as shortcomings in the current system.

    “When dealing with millions of dollars of campaign donations, candidates should strictly comply with the law and not violate transparency standards,” Balderas said in a statement.

  • Medicaid costs expected to skyrocket in New Mexico

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico survived a collapse of oil and natural gas revenues, but more budget problems are on the horizon because of the state’s expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income residents as part of the federal health care overhaul, a top legislative official warned Wednesday.