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  • jail Log - Jan. 6, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Dec. 22 and Jan. 3:
    Marcos Carrillo, 34, contempt of court
    Tasha Romero, 24, criminal trespass
    Steve Gallegos, 40, bench warrant
    Amber Baca, 18, conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, tampering with evidence
    Eugene Archuleta, 29,  bench warrant: fourth-degree felony, burglary
    Ignacio Herrera, 39, possession with intent to  traffic a controlled substance
    Jose Enriquez, 20, dwelling burglary

  • N.M. Centennial events planned throughout state

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico communities plan to celebrate New Mexico Statehood Day with a variety of activities commemorating the 100 years that have passed since President William H. Taft signed the legislation making us the 47th state in the Union.

    Some highlights planned in New Mexico communities are included below. Visit www.nmcentennial.org or the NM Centennial Facebook page for more.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 6, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Victim may have caused crash
    SANTA FE — Santa Fe police say that a Santa Fe surgeon suspected of driving drunk and accused of causing a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl may have hit a car that passed a red light.

  • Candidates run at Obama

    By Beth Fouhy and Philip Elliott
    The Associated Press

    SALEM, N.H. — Each trying to sound every bit the nominee, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum looked past each other to run down President Barack Obama's economic policies Thursday as they jockeyed for support in New Hampshire and reached out to voters in conservative bellwether South Carolina.

    Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman were happy to level their criticism at Romney, casting the front-runner as too timid to take on Obama and bring about needed change.

  • Code Talkers group president dies

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.  — Keith Little envisioned a place that would house the stories of the Navajo Code Talkers and where people could learn more about the famed World War II group who used their native language as a weapon.

  • Higher ‘sin tax’ on booze pushed

    When the state Legislature convenes later this month, Ray Collins will be there pushing legislation he hopes will curb the state’s drunk driving epidemic.

    Among the legislation he is pushing this year is a significant increase in the so-called sin tax on alcohol purchases. Both the city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County have voiced their support for the proposed legislation.

  • Public worker retirements spike in N.M.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The number of retiring New Mexico public-sector employees has spiked in the past two years but officials can’t pinpoint a reason for the increased.

    State officials and union leaders say an aging workforce and budget cuts that have caused workers’ take-home pay to be trimmed, as well as more stringent return-to-work laws could be among the factors at work, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Polar Bear Plungers keep their cool

    Dozens of area residents got their new year off to a joltingly refreshing start Sunday by wading into the chilly waters of Storrie Lake for the annual Polar Bear Plunge.

    In a sign of the times, the event was relocated from its usual spot along the boat dock to an area several hundred yards down the shoreline. Philip Romero, a longtime organizer of the Plunge, said the diminished water levels at the lake and specifically around the dock made the move necessary.

  • Quintana hearing slated for next week

    A decision on whether to toss the case against the former Robertson High School teacher accused of carrying on a yearslong sexual relationship with a student could be made within a week.

    Judge George Eichwald, who is presiding over the case, has scheduled a motion hearing for Jan. 10.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 4, 2012

    In 1935

    Wednesday, Jan. 2 — Triplet sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Harlington Z. Ballard, Monday morning, December 31 are the first ever officially recorded in San Miguel County and according to local physicians may be the first on birth records in New Mexico since mortality statistics were first taken in 1918. Dr. William H. Howe, physician attending the mother who is at the home of Mrs. Ballard’s sister, Mrs. Emory G. Brim at the Lucas ranch on Hot Springs boulevard, reported this morning that Mrs. Ballard and the three sturdy sons are doing splendidly.