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  • Accusations fly in mayor’s race

    A candidate for mayor is accusing one of her opponents of threatening to have her arrested if she doesn’t withdraw from the race.

    Mayoral candidate Lavinia Flores-Fenzi makes the allegations against opponent Chris Lopez in a letter she sent this week to City Clerk Casandra Fresquez, Police Chief Juan Montaño, Attorney General Hector Balderas, District Attorney Richard Flores and Amy Bailey, legal counsel for the Secretary of State’s Office.

  • Highlands staff vote to form union

    New Mexico Highlands University staff voted overwhelmingly last week to follow in the faculty’s footsteps and form a union.

    “This vote sends a strong message to the administrators of the university,” said Rick Griego, a Highlands staff member, in a news release announcing the result of last Friday’s vote.

    “We all came together to have this important vote, and my co-workers and I feel there will be more respect for the work we do because we now can discuss work-issues as equals,” he added.

  • Sabinoso wilderness will soon be accessible to public

    It’s been nearly seven years since the breathtaking 16,030 acre property between Roy and Trujillo officially became a wilderness area, but the Sabinoso Wilderness has nevertheless been off limits to the public because it’s surrounded by private land.

    But that’s about to change thanks to a partnership between the Wyss Foundation and the Wilderness Land Trust.

  • State revenues plunge on low energy prices

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico slashed estimates for revenue growth during the coming year by $200 million based on sustained low oil and natural gas prices, upending spending plans as New Mexico’s Legislature meets to craft a new budget.

    Expectations for new revenues were revised downward to just $30 million for the fiscal year starting in July, the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration announced Wednesday. Economists from three executive agencies and the Legislature agreed to the new estimate.

  • GOP-controlled House passes REAL ID bill

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A Republican-sponsored bill aimed at putting New Mexico in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act passed in the House on Wednesday despite objections from immigrant advocates and an uncertain future in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

    The proposal was approved by a largely 39-30 party vote after moving through two committees in the first week of the 30-day legislative session, highlighting anxieties lawmakers have about the future of the state’s driver’s licenses.

  • Jail Log Jan. 29, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 14 and 25:
    Michelle Lopez-Sanchez, 40, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Nick Ortiz, 40, failure to pay child support, bench warrant, SM District
    Dion C DeBaca, 37, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Nicholas Roybal, 33, holding for court, SM District
    Raymond Sanchez, 42, failure to appear
    Michelle Espinoza, 44, 25-day commitment
    Gloria Jennings, 44, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Warrants point to allegations of fraud

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Search warrants targeting bank records, invoices, emails and other documents related to the financial activities of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission are shining new light on accusations of possible fraud and embezzlement by the commission’s executive director.

  • Local wins $10K scholarship

    By Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Shannon Crespin is chasing her dream of becoming an actress on Broadway.

    The 21-year-old recently received a $10,000 scholarship to the New York Film Academy during the annual International Model and Talent Association’s competition in Los Angeles.

  • Vegas man gets 7 years for child porn

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 23-year-old Las Vegas man was sentenced last week to seven years in federal prison followed by 15 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Guy N. Martinez pleaded guilty in August to possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was sentenced last Wednesday in federal court in Albuquerque. Besides the prison sentence and the supervised release, he will also be required to register as a sex offender.

  • City police arrest robbery suspects

    These alleged robbers are probably wishing they had skipped the Crown Royal.

    Las Vegas police have arrested two men in connection with last week’s armed robbery of Leger’s Package Liquor. And the break in the case came as a result of the suspects going to Wal-Mart after the robbery to buy Coca-Cola to drink with the Crown Royal Apple that one of them took from Leger’s, along with the cash.