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  • Looking Back - Aug. 1, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, Aug. 3, 1964 — A good crowd showed up for the annual City Recreation Kite Flying Contest at the Robertson High School baseball field. A Bingo set was awarded to Susie Uhrich for the most decorative kite. Bernadette Almanzar won a paint set for the largest kite. Billy Bothwell entered the smallest kite and won a model airplane kit. A $5 gift certificate, the prize for the highest and farthest flying kite, was given to Carl Gallegos.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 1, 2014

    Tax holiday starts today

    New Mexico’s annual tax holiday starts today and goes through the weekend. No gross receipts tax will be imposed on computers up to $1,000, including tablets; and computer hardware costing no more than $500. Also tax-free are certain clothing and shoes up to $100 and school supplies under $30.

  • Weather - Aug. 1

    Friday
    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

  • Corrections agency eyes blood drive in DWI fight

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Declaring that New Mexico was locked in a long war to end drunken driving in the state, Department of Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel asked state residents Wednesday to “shed their blood” in an effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads.
    Marcantel announced the department was launching a statewide blood drive to call attention the physical pain DWI is causing New Mexico. He began the program with blood drives aided by various law enforcement agencies.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 1, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 18 and July 27:

    Alan Clifton, 25, hold for court
    Marcus Washington, 23, probation violation: three-day sanction
    Peter Lovato, aggravated battery, false imprisonment, resisting, evading or obstruction an officer
    Sarah Montaño, 23, failure to comply with court ordered house arrest, DWI, concealing identity, influence of drugs, bench warrant, LV Municipal/SM Magistrate
    Martin Quintana, 24, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

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  • Ebola outbreak prompts warning

    By Mike Stobbe
    AP Medical Writer
    NEW YORK  — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.
    The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year.
    “The bottom line is Ebola is worsening in West Africa,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who announced the travel warning.

  • Lawyers volunteer to help detainees

    The Associated Press
    ARTESIA — Attorneys from around the country have been traveling to a temporary detention center in New Mexico to provide pro-bono representation to immigrants there.
    Around a dozen immigration attorneys recently arrived in Artesia from Colorado, Nevada, New York and Minnesota, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Advocates said the lawyers are needed since many of the women and children from Central America were being deported.

  • Council OKs ‘luring’ funds

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A sharply divided Santa Fe City Council voted Wednesday to spend up to $100,000 to try to lure “The Bachelor” to the northern New Mexico city.
    By a vote of 5-4, councilors approved a funding request from the convention and visitors bureau to try to get the ABC dating show to film an episode in Santa Fe.
    Supporters say Santa Fe could use a tourism boost and the filming could showcase some of the city’s attractions.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 1, 2014

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    New restaurant halts booze sales