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  • Jail Log - Dec. 18, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 7 and Dec. 15:
     Andrew Shafer, 24, hold for court
    Jose Dimas, 28, hold for court
    Joseph Vallejos, 59, shoplifting
    Joshua Linker, 26, shoplifting, larceny, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer
    Henry Flores, 21, larceny, shoplifting, probation violation: new charges
    Patrick Gonzales, 26, seven-day commitment
    Maria Vigil, 25, larceny, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Theater to open doors on Friday
  • Commission: Broadcasting meetings too expensive

    After months of debating the costs and benefits of broadcasting San Miguel County Commission meetings over the radio airwaves, county commissioners decided last week against the idea, determining that the price tag is just too high.

    SDC Broadcasting Co., which operates several radio stations, including KNMX, submitted a proposal to broadcast commission meetings for $37,060 a year. That amount would have covered the cost for broadcasting 12 regular meetings and five special or emergency meetings.

  • Sentenced to 30 days in jail, Duran weighs options

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s disgraced former secretary of state has until today to accept a sentence that combines a month in jail with a five-year-long mea culpa involving in-person apologies to campaign donors and appearances before school children across the state.

  • Gov appoints Winter to secretary of state post

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s governor on Tuesday named a long-serving Republican city councilor from Albuquerque as secretary of state to oversee an elections oversight agency upended by a campaign finance scandal.

    Brad Winter, a councilor since 1999 and a longtime public school administrator, is expected to guide the agency through the November general election, when a new secretary of state will be chosen and take office in January 2017.

  • Gov wants tougher penalties for DWIs

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Motorists with four or more drunken driving convictions would see stiffer mandatory sentences and people who toss the keys to convicted drunk drivers with driving restrictions would face harsh penalties under proposals unveiled Monday by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • PNM issues scam alert

    Submitted to the Optic

    PNM is urging commercial customers to be alert for another possible phone scam reported during the past week.

    Scammers have been calling small business customers claiming to be a PNM employee, threatening to disconnect service due to a past due account, and demanding an immediate payment made through a pre-paid money card. Scammers are hoping to redeem the money on the pre-paid money card and are using a pirated PNM phone greeting to further deceive PNM customers.

  • State auditor awards $160K in grants

    Submitted to the Optic

    State Auditor Tim Keller announced last week that his office is awarding $160,000 to small political subdivisions across New Mexico. The office selected 33 entities, such as acequias and soil- and water-conservation districts, to receive awards to help achieve compliance with state audit requirements that protect public funds.

     In the Las Vegas area, the entities receiving funding awards are:

     • Chapelle Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association, $1,070

    • East Pecos Ditch Association $5,510

  • Spreading holiday cheer
  • Correction Dec. 16, 2015