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  • A Tragic End

    He dedicated his life to helping others, taking the time even to pray with patients and to get to the bottom of their problems.
    In the end, Bradley Kanode, the gifted physician who so many credit with saving their lives, was not able to save himself from an apparent medication reaction that his family believes led to his violent demise.

  • Acequias: City not following rules

    The city of Las Vegas and the Rio Gallinas Acequia Association are once again feuding over water.
    Water levels in the Gallinas River began dropping in August, prompting the Office of the State Engineer to develop and implement a rotation schedule to ensure that water is made available to all users.
    But the city stopped following that schedule last week, continuing to draw water from the river on Tuesday and Wednesday, despite the schedule calling for the city to stop diverting water for a week beginning on Tuesday.

  • NM sitting on $20M in unspent drinking water funds

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    A network of old cast-iron pipes still carries drinking water to businesses and homes along historic Route 66 in the eastern New Mexico city of Tucumcari. Some of the pipes need to be replaced, just like the water tank that has been out of service since failing two years ago.
    Down the road in Estancia, residents have their fingers crossed. They have only one drinking water well to meet their needs and those of the more than 900 inmates who are housed at a private prison on the outskirts of town.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 27, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Flu confirmed in New Mexico
    The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting the first lab-confirmed cases of influenza for this season.
    Health officials say there are three reported cases — all involving women from Bernalillo County.
    Two of the women — ages 68 and 77 — were hospitalized for treatment and are now out of the hospital.
    The other woman with the flu is 54 years old.
    The first flu case last season in New Mexico was reported last September.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 27, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 10 and Sept. 23:

    Louie Mares, 49, hold for court
    Andrew Lucero, 29, child Abuse, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Arthur Martinez, 31, four-day commitment
    Fernando Romero, 31, aggravated battery with the use of a deadly weapon, abuse of child, conspiracy, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Paloma Trujillo, 21, driving on suspended revoked license, no registration, no insurance

  • Program advocates for children

    Submitted to the Optic
    The Fourth Judicial District CASA program recently added several new volunteer advocates to the program.
    Judges Matthew Sandoval, children’s court and chief judge and Judge Abigail Aragon, district and former chief judge administered the oath and swore the new volunteers in recently.
    Also attending the event were two members of the CASA board of directors, Pamela G. Daves and Charles “Chuck” Searcy, and staff members, Phyllis Martinez, and JoAnn LaFerriere. 

  • Judges swear in new CASA 4th Judicial District volunteers
  • Teens’ sexting case highlights quandary over child porn laws

    By Jonathan Drew
    and Mitch Weiss
    The Associated Press
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — When authorities discovered that a high school couple had sent each other nude selfies, the two 16-year-olds were plunged into a legal morass with the potential to be branded as sex offenders for decades.

  • What can we learn from a shaking dog?

    Rick Kraft