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  • Jail Log - Oct. 28, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 19 and Oct. 24:

    Dion Maes, 48, bench warrant: failure to appear, Mora
    Alfonso Garduño, 30, 25-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Frank Romero, 39, bench warrant: failure to appear, District Court
    Alejandro Mollineda, 19, bench warrant: failure to appear, Valencia County
    Edward Garcia, 19, bench warrant: receiving stolen property, larceny, possession of a controlled substance, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • 18 years for serial rapist

    She stood up in court and delivered a horrifying account of how she had been kidnapped, raped and held against her will in a trailer in Ilfeld, off Interstate 25, between Las Vegas and Santa Fe.

    “He wouldn’t take no for an answer,” the sobbing woman said during the sentencing hearing for Eddie Medrano, the 53-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting her and two other women. “He raped me.  He took our shoes away. ... He’s not a good man. He’s evil.”

  • Former councilman improving

    Former City Councilor Joseph “Joey” Herrera is currently in critical condition at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, but his family says he is improving.

    Herrera, who served one term as a city councilor, suffered a hemorrhagic stroke as a result of an aneurysm rupture on Saturday morning while in Albuquerque. Herrera’s family said he underwent two five-hour surgeries, and both were successful.

  • Vegas featured in new book

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Joe Lordi jokes that he’ll “have to die younger than planned” now that he’s completed his visual history of Las Vegas.

  • Millions in bonds on state ballot

    The Associated Press

    It’ll be up to New Mexico voters to approve more than $186 million in general obligation bonds to support everything from senior citizen centers and schools to the construction of a new state crime lab.

    Supporters say the funding is key to completing brick and mortar projects as New Mexico struggles with a budget crisis that has forced lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez to curb spending.

  • Friday recital features HU music faculty

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University music faculty presents a recital Pianists @88 & 176 Friday and Sunday that features one and two-piano arrangements and the music of composers like Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Chopin.

    The recital will be in the Highlands University Champ Tyrone Music Building at 1052 11th St. The Friday performance is at 7:30 p.m. with a reception following the recital. The Sunday performance is at 4 p.m.

  • Gov slashes agency spending, saves school initiatives

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez slashed spending at most state agencies Monday while preserving funding for some of her administration’s hallmark public education initiatives.

    The second-term Republican signed the only outstanding bills in a solvency package approved earlier this month by the Legislature during a special session.

  • Leger receives Glass Flame Award

    Submitted to the Optic

    RODEO, N.M. — The New Mexico Association of Counties Board of Directors honored San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas Leger with the prestigious Glass Flame Award during dinner in Rodeo, N.M. on Oct. 13.

    The Glass Flame Award is given in recognition of members’ outstanding leadership and dedication to NMAC and the people of New Mexico.

  • Workers’ comp rates to decrease in 2017

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico employers could see a decrease in their insurance costs for on-the-job injuries and deaths.

    The state Office of Superintendent of Insurance says a key factor in calculating individual employers’ workers’ compensation costs will drop by an average of 9 percent in 2017.

    The office says this is the second consecutive year in which businesses will see an average decrease in the so-called “pure premium.”

  • Correction - Oct. 26, 2016