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  • 8 seeking Commission seats

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Tuesday was filing day for candidates seeking to run in the June 7 primary, and there is no shortage of people hoping to serve on the San Miguel County Commission.

    Three Commission seats are on the ballot, and all are wide open with no incumbents filing for re-election.

    The District 2 race has three candidates: Rosendo B. Sandoval, of Ilfeld, Oliver Perea, also of Ilfeld and Janice Varela, of Pecos. All three are Democrats, meaning that the race will be decided during the June primary.

  • Ilfeld manager honored
  • Injunction issued on food stamps plan

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A federal court has issued an injunction that prevents New Mexico from enforcing work requirement rules for certain residents who receive government food assistance.

    U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales and federal Magistrate Judge Carmen Garza ruled this week in favor of advocates who had challenged the rules. The injunction will last until Dec. 31.

    State Human Services Department spokesman Kyler Nerison says the department disagrees with the ruling.

  • Jail Log Mar. 11, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 1 and March 4:

    Martin Flores, 31, 30- day commitment
    Frankie Herrera, 23, 14-day commitment
    Jerry Gonzales, 26, forgery, retaining stolen property, disposing of stolen property, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Julian Gonzales, 26, failure to pay fines, receiving stolen property, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/Mora Magistrate
    Carlos Marquez, 51, no insurance, no registration, no tail lights, expired registration, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Convicted murderer, other inmate escape

    The Associated Press

    ROSWELL — Authorities searched Thursday for a convicted murderer and another violent inmate who corrections officials said escaped while being transported to a New Mexico prison.

    Joseph Cruz and Lionel Clah were last accounted for Wednesday night in the Roswell area while in a prisoner transport van in Artesia, a town about 80 miles from the Texas border, New Mexico State Police said.

  • Senate approves bipartisan bill bolstering anti-drug efforts

    By Alan Fram

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Senate paused Thursday from its nasty partisan clash over the Supreme Court vacancy and easily approved election-year legislation reinforcing government efforts against heroin and the abuse of opioid painkillers.

  • In Brief Mar. 11, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Candidate is on ankle monitor

    ALBUQUERQUE.  — An Albuquerque man is campaigning for a state representative seat despite the monitor on his ankle.
    KOB-TV reports that Democrat Christopher Berkheimer is looking to unseat incumbent Rep. Christine Trujillo, also an Albuquerque Democrat. He is currently in the Community Custody Program for violating a protection order against him.

  • Adams alleges threat by DA

    A member of Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees is accusing District Attorney Richard Flores of challenging him to a fight and threatening to use his position to make sure Adams spends a lot of time in jail if he gets into the slightest trouble.

    Michael Adams alleges that the incident occurred at the Plaza Hotel bar on Dec. 18. He said Flores was upset because Flores’ wife, Sarah — who headed Luna Community College’s Foundation for years — had lost her job.

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  • Vegas man charged with fifth DUI

    Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man was arrested and charged last week with driving under the influence of liquor or drugs, fifth offense, and with driving with a revoked license.

    Alfred Ulibarri, 45, whose address is listed as being on the 2300 block of West Drive, was arrested Thursday at the Enchanted Hills mobile home park. Ulibarri was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center but released a day later after posting bond, according to online court and jail records.