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  • $2.5M for area projects vetoed

    Saying that the system for doling out capital outlay dollars in New Mexico is in “dire need of reform,” Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed nearly $23 million in projects statewide on Wednesday, including nearly $2.5 million earmarked for projects in San Miguel and Mora counties.

  • Fearless Crusader

    Karen Marquez has spent nearly all of her adult life helping low- income residents of this community navigate the complicated legal system.

    So it’s not surprising that Marquez, 57, is still trying to adjust to life outside of New Mexico Legal Aid after retiring from the organization a little more than two months ago.

    “It was the most difficult thing in my whole life. I really thought I was ready,” said Marquez, who worked there for 37 years.

  • San Miguel, Mora get fire grants

    Submitted to the Optic

    SANTA FE – A combined $39,400 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grant funding has been awarded to the San Miguel County and Mora volunteer fire departments, according to New Mexico State Forester Tony Delfin.

    The awards are part of a total of $236,400 in Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant funds awarded to 17 New Mexico volunteer departments by New Mexico State Forestry.

    San Miguel County was awarded $22,200 and Mora was awarded $17,200.

  • Martinez signs bill to help veterans

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A new state law will offer a tax break to encourage businesses to hire veterans who recently left the military and New Mexico also will give an advantage to veteran-owned businesses bidding on government contracts.

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed the measures on Wednesday, as she met a deadline for acting on bills that passed the Legislature during its 30-day session.

  • Jail Log - March 9, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Feb. 27 and March 5:
    Lee Aldon, 52, criminal trespass
    Mark Overby, 25, failure to appear
    Eric Laing, 48, child abuse
    Larry Varela, 39, failure to appear
    Jerry Bustamante, 53, battery on a household member
    Jessie Romero, 27, distribution of a controlled substance, abandonment of a child
    Ben Marquez, 57, criminal damage to property, driving under the influence
    Elise Sanchez, 47, criminal trespass

  • Looking Back - News - March 9, 2012

    In 1912

    Sunday, March 3 — In spite of the threatening storm, a goodly number of representatives of precinct 29, East Las Vegas gathered last night in the city hall to participate in a primary. The meeting was called to order by precinct committeeman F.O. Blood. Ralph E. Twitchell was chosen permanent chairman and Herbert W. Clark permanent secretary.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 9, 2012

    Daylight saving time begins Sunday

    Don’t forget to set your clock forward one hour before going to bed on Saturday.

  • Weather - March 9, 2012

    Friday
    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind around 10 mph, becoming east. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. A chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Saturday

  • Correction - News - March 9, 2012

    An article on the Fiesta de la Hispanidad published in Monday’s edition contained two errors. Among the performers will be Kenneth Archuleta. The band Macizo will also perform. Archuleta and the band were misidentified in the original story.

  • Counting the Votes