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  • In Brief - News - Jan. 15, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Medicaid spending drops
    SANTA FE — New Mexico officials say Medicaid health care for the poor and disabled will be less costly than previously expected this fiscal year and next year, easing financial pressures amid a state budget crisis.

  • Whooping cough cases in infants increase in NM

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico health officials say the number of cases of whooping cough in infants has increased.

    The Health Department is investigating four infant cases reported in December. The cases are from Eddy, Curry, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties.

    The agency says this is the largest cluster of whooping cough cases investigated by the state since August 2013.

  • Weather - Jan. 15, 2017


    HIGH 39° / LOW 27°
    Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 39. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:11 p.m.


    HIGH 39° / LOW 21°
    A 30 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Monday night — a 20 percent chance of snow.
    7:09 a.m. to 5:12 p.m.


  • Deadline for LANL scholarship Tuesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Applications for 2017 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund awards and all supporting materials are due on Tuesday, Jan 17. Submissions may be made through an online portal at www.lanlfoundation.org/scholarships.

  • Special tour on tap
  • Trujillo to stand trial

    A San Miguel County Magistrate Judge ruled on Tuesday that sufficient evidence exists to bind over to District Court for trial one of three criminal cases against disgraced former Mora schools superintendent Charles Trujillo.

    “After careful review of all the testimony today, I find probable cause to believe a crime has been committed,” Magistrate Judge Christian Montaño said following the hours-long hearing. Preliminary hearings in the other two cases are scheduled for next week.

  • Trying Times - Alumbra may close its doors

    For centuries, midwives have delivered newborns in the area. But that tradition may soon die.

    On Wednesday morning, Connie Trujillo, owner of Alumbra Women’s Health, tearfully announced that her business may be shutting its doors for good. The announcement comes 10 months after Alta Vista Regional Hospital abruptly closed its OB unit due to difficulty recruiting doctors. The closure caused Alumbra to lose more than half its revenue.

  • Tafoya hired as interim manager

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to make longtime county employee Alex Tafoya interim county manager. And they directed Tafoya to launch a job search for a permanent county manager immediately.

    Tafoya will receive a salary of $80,905 while overseeing county operations.

    Rock Ulibarri, who was elected Commission chairman at Tuesday’s meeting, asked Tafoya to prepare a job description, posting and notifications for the Commission to approve.

  • Panel pushes more cuts

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A legislative panel that drafts the state budget recommended new cuts Wednesday to avoid a shortfall in the coming fiscal year.

    The Legislative Finance Committee called for a $26 million reduction in the $6 billion spending plan for the year beginning July 1.

    The state is facing a $123 million gap that must be closed by new tax revenues, additional reductions in agency spending — or both.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 13, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan 4 and Jan. 7:
    Valentine Aragon, 66, hold for court, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Adult Probation Office
    Benito Chavez, 42, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon or aggravated battery with great bodily harm, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Emmanuel Stockman, 28, probation violation: seven-day sanction, Adult Probation Office
    Steve Gallegos, 45, hold for transport to Department of Corrections, District Court