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  • Warden given new contract

    The man who has overseen the San Miguel County Detention center for the last decade will remain in that role another two years under the terms of a contract approved unanimously by the Commission last week.

    Warden Patrick Snedeker’s new contract comes with an annual salary of $75,943, which is a 6 percent increase from the salary listed in the contract the Commission approved for him in 2012.

    Several commissioners praised Snedeker for his management of the jail, saying that the way he operates the facility reduces the county’s liability.

  • Imus’ Ribera-area ranch up for sale

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A northern New Mexico cattle ranch belonging to radio personality Don Imus is on the market for $32 million.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the 2,400-acre ranch near the small community of Ribera and about 45 miles east of Santa Fe has been used to benefit children afflicted by cancer.

    The 74-year-old Imus says he is selling the property to support charitable foundations with the sale proceeds.

    He says he hopes to sell the ranch to a group interested in continuing the goal of benefiting kids.

  • CDC releases revised Ebola gear guidelines

    By Mike Stobbe and Emily Schmall
    The Associated Press

    ATLANTA — Federal health officials on Monday issued new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients.

    Officials have been scrambling to come up with new advice for protective gear since two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

  • Care provider needs funding increase

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A company providing some behavioral health services in New Mexico following a shake-up of the state’s network says it is losing money and needs to be paid more if it is to stay afloat.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 22, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, Oct. 22 — Charlie The Clown, a popular performer with King Brothers Circus, will be featured Saturday and Sunday at the Fort Union Drive-In Theater. He has been with the circus since 1929 and makes several charitable appearances yearly. He anticipates appearing at the New Mexico State Hospital while in Las Vegas. He is really C.W.Smith, a native of Miles City, Mont.

  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 22, 2014

    Flu shot clinic
    New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office will host a flu shot clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, Oct. 22 at the Senior Center in San Miguel on State Road 3. There is no charge, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare. For more information, call the San Miguel Public Health Office at (505) 425-9368.

  • Weather - Oct. 22, 2014

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers at night. Mostly clear, with a low around 42. South wind around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 76. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 43.

  • $20M more for Bradner

    The city of Las Vegas has secured another $20 million in funding for its Bradner enlargement project, bringing that water project another step closer to reality.

    “We received New Mexico Finance Authority Board approval for $20 million for the project,” city Utilities Director Ken Garcia said Friday. “Roughly $3 million of that is a grant and $17 million a low interest loan.”

    The funding comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund program.

  • Polishing their routine
  • Vegas man charged in sexual assault

    A 56-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with criminal sexual penetration and battery in the sexual assault of a Luna Community College student earlier this month.

    Raoul Emilio Velasquez, whose address in court documents is listed at being on the 700 block of University Avenue, is slated to be in court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. At that hearing, a magistrate will determine if there’s enough evidence to bind the case over to District Court for trial.