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  • Access to public records varies around state

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    In one of the poorest states in the nation, access to public records in New Mexico varies by county and town, and training among officials in charge of disseminating records is inconsistent, according to a review by The Associated Press.

    And for the most part, records aren’t available online.

    Court documents, police reports and other material can only be obtained in person in many New Mexico counties and officials charge by the page and sometimes will only mail them.

  • Woman hurt Wednesday in alleged DWI crash

    A 25-year-old Las Vegas man was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center Wednesday following a morning crash that left one woman injured.

    Rudy Sanchez, who resides on the 2200 block of Collins Drive, has been charged with aggravated driving while under the influence-causing bodily injury and careless driving.

    He was scheduled to make his first appearance  in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Thursday.

  • In Brief - News - March 20, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Judge rules for closed primaries

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico District Court judge has upheld the state’s closed primary system against a challenge from an independent voter.
    State District Judge Denise Barela-Shepherd said in the ruling issued Wednesday that the state legislature had not exceeded its authority when it set up the process
    Currently, only Republicans and Democrats can vote in primary elections — something critics say contributes to low voter turnout.

  • Jail Log - March 20, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 11 and March 16:

    Isaiah Martinez, 20, failure to report
    Daniel Lujan, 31, failure to appear
    John Marshall, 52, no diver’s license/possession of controlled substance/ possession of drug paraphernalia
    Estevan Gonzales, 34, resisting, evading or obstructing and officer
    Lonny Escovedo, 25, failure to report
    Antonio Roybal, 33, failure to pay child support
    Stormy Dominguez, 26,  larceny/disposing of stolen property

  • Obama: 16.4M have gained insurance

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Julie Pace
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — More than 16 million Americans have gained coverage since President Barack Obama’s health care law took effect five years ago, the administration said Monday.

    But measuring a different way, an independent expert who took into account insurance losses during some of those years had a much lower estimate: 9.7 million.

  • Islamic State group claims Tunisia attack

    By Jamey Keaten and Ben Bouazza
    The Associated Press

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  • Suit seeks quick nomination

    With time close to running out on the Legislative session, three people who reside in Senate District 39 have filed a petition asking the state Supreme Court to force San Miguel, Santa Fe, Bernalillo and Valencia counties to move quickly to recommend a replacement for Phil Griego, who resigned his Senate seat on Saturday.

    If that is not possible, the plaintiffs are asking the state Supreme Court to compel Gov. Susana Martinez to appoint one of the two Republicans already nominated by the Lincoln and Torrance county commissions after holding emergency meetings on Sunday.

  • California bound - BPA students heading to nationals

    It was nearly a clean sweep for the West Las Vegas Middle School Business Professionals of America organization at the state competition recently. Twenty-seven of the 28 students who  competed made the national competition in Anaheim, Calif. in May. Two high school students from West Las Vegas High School also qualified for the national competition.

    State competition was against students in schools from Taos, Pecos, Carlsbad, Wagon Mound, Ernie Pyle Middle School in Albuquerque and Coronado Middle School.

  • Senate approves budget bill

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate on Monday night approved a $6.2 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year, even as falling oil prices threaten revenues.

    Senators voted 38-3 on a budget bill largely unchanged from what the House of Representatives approved last month.

    “It’s the best we could do with what we have,” said Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee.